Named after the marine sedimentary soil that defines it, WillaKenzie Estate is one of Oregon's top flight wine producers: a small, family-owned winery making wonderfully intense but balanced wines exclusively from the Pinot family of grapes from their own estate vineyards. Here there is a profound respect for the character of the soil and its effect on the wines made from the vines which grow there, with different bottlings from different single vineyards.
WillaKenzie Estate has seven acres of Pinot Blanc, planted in 1992, 1993, and 1995. The vineyards are planted on Willakenzie soil, known for its excellent drainage. The clones used are true Pinot Blanc clones from the Alsace region of France. The plants are grafted onto phylloxera-resistant rootstock and trained into an upright, double guyot trellising system. This is made in a rich and complex Alsatian style with whole cluster pressing, cold settling of the juice, inoculation with yeast from Alsace, chosen to enhance the fruit’s aromatics, fermented in stainless steel tanks slowly and at low temperatures to retain the freshness and subtlety of the fruit.
Bright and clear, with a pale straw colour, the aromas of this Pinot Blanc display a complex blend of orange blossom and white flowers along with subtle Asian pear, lemongrass, stone fruit and mineral notes. A pleasing round mouth feel, which ends with a long finish, follows the clean, crisp attack. This fresh and juicy wine is delicious as an aperitif or as an accompaniment for shellfish, oysters and grilled peaches. Drink this wine now and over the next five years, and serve it moderately chilled.