Rich and floral, this top-notch Pinot Blanc hits the palate with verve and ripe, complex fruit flavors. There’s a streak of delicious vanilla under the honeydew and Meyer lemon richness, and the length and power are especially impressive for a Pinot Blanc.— P.G.
I don’t know anyone making better Pinot Gris in Oregon than this premiere property. Rich, ripe, round and sensuous, this lush and textured wine unwraps its ripe fruit in layers of pear/apricot flavor, enhanced with bright spice and finished with flavors of vanilla cream.— P.G.
A definitive, whitepepper spice note runs through many, if not most Oregon Pinot Blancs. It’s a positive marker, and this wine is a fine example. Winemaker Thibaud Mandet unhesitatingly calls this his favorite wine. There are lovely aromatics, a mouth-teasing mix of citrus and green apple fruit, and a wash of…— P.G.
This is a truly lovely, elegant Pinot Blanc, from a winery that has a fine handle on the grape. Scents of lemongrass and grapefruit run headlong into delicate, evocative fruit flavors of melon, gooseberry, lime and stone fruits. Though quite dry and tart, it has so much complexity that it never turns sour.— P.G.
Certainly the best of WillaKenzie’s lineup in 2006, the Triple Black Slopes Pinot Noir brings a density and focus, coupled with riper, darker fruits and appealing minerality, that is missing from its stable mates. There is a delicious core of black cherry fruit, notes of baking spice, cinnamon and toast; but it is…— P.G.
This is outstanding Pinot, from a vineyard yielding a miserly one ton per acre. Unfined and unfiltered, this dark, deeply-flavored wine offers scents and tastes of cut tobacco wrapped into rich blueberry fruit. Long and complex, it rewards your attention with notes of bitter chocolate and citrus rind as it winds…— P.G.
The name refers to the vineyard’s unusually steep slopes. The reward for farming such difficult terrain, the owners believe, is complexity, character and concentration. That is certainly the case in 2004, as this is the most dense and focused of the six WillaKenzie releases. It’s built upon a solid foundation of…— P.G.
WillaKenzie’s oldest Pinot Gris vines are almost 15 years of age, and their estate bottling seems to gain in weight and power with each passing year. Chewy and substantial, layered and meaty, it’s a succulent fruit salad; hints of pear and peach, mango and papaya, grapefruit and pineapple. The wine is beautifully…— P.G.