Aromas of dried cherries, dried rose petals and sandalwood giving way to juicy black fruits. Structured with black raspberries and cassis coupled with dark, musky and woody tones to produce a long and memorable finish.
Willakenzie Estate was founded in 1991 by Bernard and Ronni Lacroute in the Yamhill-Carlton district of Willamette Valley, Oregon. This small, family-owned winery produces handcrafted wines with minimal intervention using 100% estate fruit. The soil, cool climate and topography are ideal for growing Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Gamay Noir and Pinot Meunier. The vineyards at Willakenzie Estate are certified L.I.V.E (Low Input Viticulture & Enology), Salmon-Safe and are sustainably farmed with organic products. Winemaker Thibaud Mandet, a University of Enology of Bordeaux graduate, combines the best of new and old world techniques. Red grapes are cold soaked and fermented in open-top fermentors with skin contact. Based on the vintage, the must is punched down and/or pumped over, macerated for 14-25 days post-fermentation and aged in French oak. The white grapes are whole cluster pressed and fermented in stainless steel with no malolactic.
|Produced from estate grown Pinot Noir clones, including Dijon clones 113, 114 and 115. A cool maceration preceded the opentop, fermentation for a total of 25 days of skin contact with daily punch downs. The wine was then gravity fed directly to barrels for 8 months. Aged 14 months in French oak (50% new).
|WillaKenzie Estate is located in Oregon's Willamette Valley on rolling hillsides in the Chehalem Mountains. The winery was named after the Willakenzie soil on which the vineyards are planted to convey the influence that the soil imparts on the wine's flavors and aromas. The vineyards are planted with grapes of the Pinot family, mostly new Dijon clones of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris from Alsace. Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris are cool climate grapes, which are particularly well adapted to Oregon. The Willamette Valley is situated around the 45th parallel, which is the same latitude as Burgundy, sharing many similar climatic conditions with that region.