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Willakenzie Estate "Pierre Léon" Pinot Noir 2013

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Willakenzie Estate Pierre Léon Pinot Noir 2013 is an Oregon Pinot Noir with a few years under its belt that still displays ripe cherry, cranberry and raspberry flavours with savoury mushroom notes. A terroir-driven wine with finesse and balance, it has a silky smooth texture

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Wine Style

Red Wine, Smooth Elegant Red

Grape Variety

Pinot Noir

Wine Region

Oregon

Country

USA

ABV

13.0%

Oaked

Yes

Cork

Yes

Lifestyle

Certified Sustainable

Volume

75cl

Drink By

2025

Description

Willakenzie Estate “Pierre Léon” Pinot Noir 2013 has a classic Oregon Pinot Noir nose – ripe fruits like cherry, crunchy raspberries, redcurrant and blueberries with savoury mushroom & “forest-floor” notes. Flavours are just as complex and juicy fruits continue to dominate though the more savoury notes are also there. This wine is lovely and light, the finish long and dry with cranberry and blueberry flavours dominating. There is great balance to this wine – alcohol in Oregon Pinot Noirs can be high but here it is restrained at 13%; acidity is high making the wine very refreshing despite its age and tannins are fine and well integrated. Willakenzie Estate “Pierre Léon” Pinot Noir 2013 is a beautiful medium-bodied wine with a really silky smooth texture which makes it a very elegant Pinot Noir.

 

Californian Pinot Noirs have a good reputation and there are some fine examples but I like to look a little further north in the USA – to Oregon and the Willamette Valley American Viticultural Area* (“AVA”) which produces around 88% of Oregon’s Pinot Noir. It is a true cool climate area, cooler and wetter than California but with longer hours of sunlight and a big difference between day and night temperatures which leads to fresher wines with more pronounced fruit. The grapes in Willakenzie Estate “Pierre Léon” Pinot Noir 2013 are from a single vineyard named Pierre Léon after the father of the winery’s Burgundian founder, Bernard Lacroute.  A Burgundian ethos is followed in that Willakenzie aims to “craft wines which capture the distinctive qualities of the soil, slope and plant from which they come.” And they have succeeded with a growing reputation for terroir-driven wines with finesse and balance just like this wine.

 

* N.B. AVAs indicate the origin of a wine; there are however no regulations that need to be followed to use the classification as is the case in France for example.

How to Enjoy this Wine

This is a very food-friendly wine – recommended to drink with roast chicken, turkey, guinea fowl, duck, goose, pheasant, pigeon, veal, calves liver, lamb, pork, mushroom based dishes.

 

Serve at: 14 – 17°C

Producer's Notes

“Named after our founder’s father, Pierre Léon was one of the first vineyard designate Pinot Noirs produced at WillaKenzie Estate. This wine offers concentrated dark fruit and nuanced savory notes — the more masculine side of our winery.”

Awards

92 points – Decanter – Jun 2017
“… once aired, the palate becomes a concentrated and powerful expression of Pinot, well balanced with a fresh acidity. It is pure, ripe and juicy, with sweet red fruits and a delicious, lip-smacking finish.”

 

91 points – Wine Enthusiast – Jan 2016
“Production is way up on this cuvée, while quality remains consistent. It’s a sassy mix of tart, juicy cranberry and raspberry fruit, which punches down through the palate into a lingering finish. Light notes of fresh tobacco and baker’s chocolate add further interest.”

 

89 points – Wine Spectator – 2016
“Firm in texture and light-footed, with raspberry and spice flavors on a lively frame, persisting against crisp tannins. Best after 2017”

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