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WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Gris 750ml 2012
Sku: 18339
This Pinot Gris is creamy pale-gold in color, with estery aromas of fresh pear blossom and juicy green apple. Tropical notes from the nose become bright Meyer lemon, pink grapefruit, cranberry, ...more
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Critics Ratings:     (2)
Product Information
Country: United States
Region: Oregon
Sub-Region: Willamette Valley
Grape Varietal: Pinot Gris
Type: Still wine
Reg. $24.14
On Sale $20.99
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Produced in an Alsatian style, the refreshing acidity is complemented by lush, rich, and mouth-filling notes of honeysuckle, lemon sorbet, toasted bread and candied pear.
Wine Spectator 90 points - Smooth and silky, blanketing the palate with almond-scented pear and nectarine fruit, lingering well. Drink now. 4,000 cases made. –HS  (Jun 15 2014)

Wine Advocate 90 points - WillaKenzie’s direct pressed and tank-raised 2012 Pinot Gris delivers a luscious amalgam or ripe peach and grapefruit tinged with sage and mint. There isn’t even a hint of heat, heaviness or harshness from this its 14.3% alcohol on the seamless and polished palate or in the energetic and invigoratingly zesty, spiced finish of this outstanding value, and I could imagine it remaining entirely convincing through 2015. Mandet points out that if you want to achieve this sort of balance, it’s important to leave enough bunches hanging on each vine and not remove their wings assiduously as you would those of Pinot Noir. Indeed, imagine simply for starters the alcohol you’d have if there had been significantly less crop! (Oct 2013)

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This Pinot Gris is creamy pale-gold in color, with estery aromas of fresh pear blossom and juicy green apple. Tropical notes from the nose become bright Meyer lemon, pink grapefruit, cranberry, and orange peel on the palate. The entry is rich and clean building to a slightly tangy, lingering finish. Due to its lovely balance and acid, this Pinot Gris will age well for 3 to 5 years from release. Serve slightly chilled.
Technical notes
Fermented entirely in stainless steel tanks, with no malolactic or barrel aging. Citrus and apricot with wet stone and white pepper on the nose.

Producer
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.