2012 Willakenzie "Estate Grown" Yamhill-Carlton District Pinot Gris
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
WillaKenzie’s direct pressed and tank-raised 2012 Pinot Gris delivers a luscious amalgam or ripe peach and grapefruit tinged with sage and mint. There isn’t even a hint of heat, heaviness or harshness from this its 14.3% alcohol on the seamless and polished palate or in the energetic and invigoratingly zesty, spiced finish of this outstanding value, and I could imagine it remaining entirely convincing through 2015. Mandet points out that if you want to achieve this sort of balance, it’s important to leave enough bunches hanging on each vine and not remove their wings assiduously as you would those of Pinot Noir. Indeed, imagine simply for starters the alcohol you’d have if there had been significantly less crop!
Lime and pink grapefruit flavors are etched with refreshing minerality, and the leesy, textural mouthfeel keeps this wine feeling light, despite alcohol over 14%. Drink now and over the next five years.
From the winery: "Shining honey and golden straw in color, this Pinot Gris houses tropical aromas with ripe melon, kiwi, white pear and white flower. The taste is crisp and refreshing with a sweet entry and a lush and velvety mouthfeel. Flavors of citurs and apricot accompany an acidic build-up and balance toward the warm and inviting finish. This wine will age for 3 to 5 years and is just as delicious and drinkable now."