Kiana Reviews

2009 VINTAGE

WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Noir Kiana 2009 Review from the WINE ADVOCATE
90 POINTS
August 2012
“From a vineyard section favoring just two Dijon clones, and aged for 15 months in 40% new barrels, the WillaKenzie 2009 Pinot Noir Kiana projects the overt blueberry and boysenberry I associate with one of those, the popular clone 777. Fortunately, suggestions of charred grilled red meats and crushed stone serve for interest and berry skin tartness for a sense of invigoration to a sweetly lingering finish. Slightly superficial and more marked by its clonal origins and toasty oak than some of the other cuvees in this collection, it nevertheless is admirably polished and harmoniously ripe, likely to serve well for at least a half dozen years.” – David Schildknecht



WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Noir Kiana 2009 Review from the WINE SPECTATOR
91 POINTS
July 2012
“Lithe, appealing and distinctive for its red berry, cherry and delicate spice flavors on a focused, elegant frame. Needs time to polish the tannins. Best from 2013 through 2017.” — H.S.

 




2008 VINTAGE


WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Noir Kiana 2008 Review from ROBERT PARKER’S WINE ADVOCATE
90+ POINTS
October 2011
“The 2008 Pinot Noir Kiana spent 14 months in 40% new French oak. Aromas of cedar, game, clove, black cherry, and blueberry lead to a smooth-textured, structured, savory wine that, like its siblings, will benefit from another 2-3 years of cellaring.”  - Jay Miller

 

WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Noir Kiana 2008 Review from STEPHEN TANZER’S INT’L WINE CELLAR
90 POINTS
July/August 2011
“Vivid red. Dark berries, cherry pit and musky herbs on the nose, with a smoky quality gaining strength with air. Chewy and precise, with sappy black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors given spine by zesty acidity. The lively finish shows a brighter red fruit note and clings with good grip.” – Josh Raynolds

 

WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Noir Kiana 2008 Review from the WINE SPECTATOR
91 POINTS
May 11, 2011
“Lithe and distinctive for the meaty, toasty undertones to the red berry and spice flavors, lilting on the long, light-textured finish. Drink now through 2015.” – Harvey Steiman




2007 VINTAGE

WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Noir Kiana 2007 Review from WINE & SPIRITS MAGAZINE
92 POINTS
October 2010
“There’s an appealing earthy note in this wine’s aromas, grounding a red cherry sweetness. Those cherry flavors are fresh and composed, with plenty of lively acidity to give the wine persistence. For roast loin of pork.” – Patrick J. Comiskey

 

WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Noir Kiana 2007 Review from the WINE SPECTATOR
89 POINTS
January 15, 2010
“There’s a bite of tannins around the fresh plum and currant fruit, with a transparency to the flavors that persists on the long, refined finish.” – Harvey Steiman



2006 VINTAGE

WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Noir Kiana 2006 Review on BURGHOUND.COM
89 POINTS
February 2010
“This is also quite fresh and admirably pure with cranberry, pomegranate and cherry aromas marrying into round, supple and delicious light to medium weight flavors that are very forward and terminate in a tangy, delicious, lingering and firm finish that is quite clean without being the least bit commercial.” – Allen Meadows

 

WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Noir Kiana 2006 Review from WINE SPECTATOR
90 POINTS
July 31, 2009
“Ripe and lively, with juicy currant, blueberry and white pepper flavors bouncing easily over fine tannins and extending into an expressive finish.”

 

WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Noir Kiana 2006 Review from STEPHEN TANZER’S INT’L WINE CELLAR
90 POINTS
“Vivid red. A complex bouquet displays red berries, potpourri, minerals and white pepper. Nervy raspberry and cherry flavors gain flesh and sweetness with air and are firmed by smoky minerals. Finishes on a floral note, with very good spicy length.” – Josh Raynolds



2005 VINTAGE

WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Noir Kiana 2005 Review from the WINE SPECTATOR
91 POINTS
Oct. 1, 2008
“Lithe, round and open-textured, offering a seductive mouthful of peppermint-accented plum, currant and espresso flavors, lingering on the transparent finish.” – H.S.




2004 VINTAGE

WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Noir Kiana 2004 Review from the WINE SPECTATOR
91 POINTS
Oct. 31, 2007
“Light and spicy, with cinnamon and nutmeg overtones prominent among the ripe currant flavors, lingering on the fine-tuned finish. Drink now through 2014.” – H.S.




2003 VINTAGE

WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Noir Kiana 2003 Review from the WINE SPECTATOR
91 POINTS
June 21.2006
“Broad and zesty, with lively floral and white pepper-accented black cherry flavors that course through the long finish against fine tannins. Once it settles, this should be something.” — H.S.

 

WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Noir Kiana 2003 Review from STEPHEN TANZER’S INT’L WINE CELLAR
90 POINTS
May/June 06
“Deep, dark red. Deep, powerful aromas of dark cherry, plum and dark berry preserves. Rich in flavor and full-bodied, with powerful blackberry and mocha flavors that are very much in the style of the vintage but avoid extreme ripeness. The chewy, sweet finishing flavors linger impressively.” – Josh Raynolds

 

WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Noir Kiana 2003 Review from WINES NORTHWEST
July 20, 2005
“Another complex Pinot Noir to add a cerebral note to your wine tasting. This Pinot is made from Dijon clones 114 and 777 and offers complexity from superb grape growing and excellent winemaking. Aromas of cherry and currant lead to hints of black fruits mingling with a touch of oak. The palate is deep with flavors of black fruits and hints of tobacco, tar and blueberry. Pick your richest salmon prepared on the grill for this beauty.” – Chuck Hill

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