Willakenzie is a vineyard that produces all of its wines in a sustainable style. They are not only certified by L.I.V.E. (Low Impact Viticulture & Enology), but also by Salmon Safe, an organization concerned with the waters of the Willamette River. The team of Daniel Fey (Vineyard Manager) & Thibaud Mandet (Winemaker) produce their Pinot Gris vines from cuttings originating in Alsace. The wine itself has a beautiful, bright, straw green color and crisp mouthfeel. Luscious aromas of white peaches, pears, melon and a hint of pineapple blend for a rich mid-palate, followed by additional flavors of apple and apricot on a round finish. Perfect as an aperitif or with seafood dishes, salads, and pastas with white sauces.
|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.