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WillaKenzie Estate

2019 ¡Salud! Cuvée Pinot Noir

Four 12-Bottle Cases  |  Sold By The Case  |  $800 Starting Bid

 Lot 1 & 2 Open Monday, November 9 at 8 am PST
Lot 1 Closes Wednesday, November 11 at 7 pm PST | Lot 2 Closes Wednesday, November 11 at 8 pm PST

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Vintage Notes: 

I believe a vintage like 2019 presents an opportunity to show why Pinot Noir should be grown in the Willamette Valley. These wines are beautiful and extremely pure expressions of the varietal.  – Erik Kramer, winemaker


The Pinot Noir grapes that were used to craft this cuvée came from a portion of the WillaKenzie Estate called Clairière, a sheltered plateau situated below the highest ridge line on the property. The sheltered exposure and deep, unique soils in Clairière create a complex expression of Pinot Noir that offers depth and purity. 


14 months in approximately 50% new French Oak barrels


The winemaking philosophy at WillaKenzie Estate is about creating wines of clarity and finesse that truly express their sense of place. This is achieved through meticulous work in the vineyard followed by gentle handling in the winery. The grapes for this wine were harvested and carefully sorted by hand on October 7, 2019. After being fully destemmed, the grapes were transferred into an open top wooden fermenter for cold soaking and fermentation. Extraction was decisively managed, and the grapes spent approximately three weeks on skins before being transferred into French oak barrels. 

Release Date:

February 2022

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