2012 Willakenzie Estate Pinot Noir 'Emery'
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale $38.94 (reg. $49.94)
"...a reliable source for well-made and fairly priced Pinot Noir."
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
It may not have taken much to succeed in the serendipitous vintage of 2012 in Oregon, but Burgundy born Bernard Lacroute went all out anyhow, and his 2012 Willakenzie Estate Pinot Noir ‘Emery’ succeeds on every level. Sourced from 100% estate grown Pinot Noir in the Yamhill-Carlton district, the Emery is “open-textured and distinctive” with a “complex, polished finish” (WS). This is the lowest price available for the ‘Emery,’ and given that 2012 was one of the best Pinot vintage in Oregon ever, it’s one to stock up on!
Bernard Lacroute purchased his first property in the hills of the Chehalem Valley, in prime Yamhill-Carlton AVA terroir. Named Willakenzie for the signature soils around the Willamette and McKenzie rivers, the estate’s ample ranch is the source of their six separate bottlings of Pinot Noir, each from a distinctive parcel, much like the small domaines of Burgundy. Winemaker Thibaud Mandet works with their gorgeous gravity flow winery, built into the hillside to produce this solid arsenal of Oregon Pinot.
Critical acclaim for 2012 in Oregon is unanimous, with Vinous calling it "a pinot vintage for the record books" (96pts) and Wine Spectator praising the "generous wines" (97pts). However, remaining stock is highly limited (with attention now turning towards more recent harvests). At 5 years old, 2012 is definitely justifying all the love it gets, and this Willakenzie ‘Emery’ will continue to evolve for another 5-10 years! Cheers!