WillaKenzie Estate Aliette Pinot Noir 2010
To our mind, Aliette is the best of WillaKenzie's single vineyard wines, consistently with fine tannins and an elegance which matches its generosity of fruit.
The 2010 Pinot Noir Aliette is ruby/garnet in colour with an exceptional bouquet of dried violets, lavender, strawberry and hints of cedar. Balanced, supple and very expressive on the palate, it manages to be light and graceful yet powerful at the same time. Red currant, black cherry, raspberry, tea leaves and earth give this medium-bodied wine layers of complexity that linger on the palate for well over a minute. This well-rounded wine will age gracefully for 8 to 10 years, and should be cellared for 1 to 2 years from release. If opening sooner, decant at least one hour before serving. We recommend pairing this feminine wine with a Pacific Northwest grilled salmon in a creamy dill sauce or a classic herb-crusted roast chicken.
The 2010 Aliette is a selection of Estate grown Pinot Noir Pommard from the Aliette vineyard (named after owner Bernard Lacroute’s mother). Aliette, situated on a gentle hill between 560 and 600 feet high, was the first vineyard planted at WillaKenzie Estate, in 1992. The ground has a deep layer of Willakenzie soil on top of harder to penetrate sandstone. As a result, the vines have spread their roots deeply and rarely need irrigation. Approximately half the fruit was thinned at veraison to assure low yields and maximize flavour and intensity. The blocks of Pinot Noir were closely monitored as the harvest date approached, and the picking date was chosen based on taste and maturity.
A cool maceration preceded the open-top, Burgundian style fermentation for a total of 25 days of skin contact and daily punchdowns by ‘Bigfoot’, a pneumatic punchdown device. The wine was then gravity fed directly to barrels where it underwent 100% Malolactic fermentation during the next 8 months. The wine spent a total of 14 months in 50% new French oak from a selection of four coopers. The wine was bottled unfiltered and unfined.