WILLAKENZIE ESTATE


WillaKenzie Estate is a small, family-owned winery dedicated to the highest expression of terroir, making great wines from the Pinot family of grapes: Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Meunier, and Pinot Noir, as well as Gamay Noir made in the Beaujolais Cru style. Owner Bernard Lacroute developed a passion for Pinot Noir in his native province of Burgundy.

Their vineyard practices come from their belief in sustainable agriculture with the goal of producing the very highest level of fruit quality, while minimizing the use of chemicals and synthetic fertilizers in order to protect the environment and those who work in the vineyards and drink their wine.

WillaKenzie Estate was also the first winery to be awarded Oregon Certified Sustainable Wine (OCSW) status for its 2008 vintage wines. The OCSW program is intended to increase awareness of wineries’ adherence to sustainable programs, communicate the importance and guarantee of certification, and encourage distribution of sustainable wines so consumers can access them. The program focuses on three pillars: responsible agriculture, responsible winemaking, and third-party certification. In order to earn certification, both our winery and 97% of our fruit must be Oregon Certified Sustainable WInecertified by L.I.V.E, USDA Organic, Demeter Biodynamic, or the Food Alliance. In addition, our fruit must be certified Salmon-Safe. When you see the OCSW logo on our and other Oregon wines, you can rest assured the wine was grown and made responsibly.

The OCSW logo on a bottle label guarantees that consumers are drinking wine crafted using responsible agriculture and winemaking practices; and that both of those processes were certified by an independent third party, according to Ted Farthing, executive director of the Oregon Wine Board.

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2013 GISELE PINOT NOIR - FORMERLY ESTATE CUVÉE

+732773 · 12x750ml

100% Pinot Noir. The 2013 Gisèle Pinot Noir is ruby red and purple. It has aromas of raspberry, cherry, strawberry sorbet and blue flower. The palate is mouth-filling and round with juicy black raspberries. This Pinot Noir has lingering rich fruit and spice on the finish. Enjoy this wine now or age for 5 to 7 years. This is a very versatile wine which will pair nicely with grilled salmon, roasted poultry, grilled vegetables, charcuterie and cheeses.

STATUS: OPEN
WE: 89 || WS: 87 || GOLD - SAN FRANSISCO CHRONICLE WINE COMPETITION 2015
CURRENT VINTAGE [PDF] | PAST VINTAGES [PDF]

 

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AG || Anthony Gismondi, CAN
BC || Bob Campbell, NZ
CG || Connoisseaurs' GCW
DC || Decanter Magazine
GP || Guia Penin, Spain
HH || Huon Hooke, AUS
JH || James Halliday, AUS
JS || James Suckling
JR || Jancis Robinson
JO || Jeremy Oliver, AUS
JP || John Platter, S. Africa
JSc || John Schreiner, CAN
MC || Michael Cooper, NZ
NMc || Natalie MacLean
NM || Neal Martin
RP || Parker/Wine Advocate
PP || Prince of Pinot
RJ || Ray Jordan, AUS
RR || Rhone Report
ST || Stephen Tanzer
TP || Tasting Panel
TI || Testing Institute
TA || Tim Atkin MW
VI || Vinous
W&S || Wine & Spirits
WA || Wine Access
AN || Wine Anorak
WE || Wine Enthusiast
WF || Wine Front, AUS
WR || Wine Review Online
WS || Wine Spectator
WT || Winestate Mag, AUS