Pierre Leon Reviews

2009 VINTAGE

WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Noir Pierre Léon 2009 Review from ROBERT PARKER’S WINE ADVOCATE
91 POINTS
August 2012
“Representing a blend of material judged top-quality from all across their Yamhill estate – and tending to favor some of the early Dijon clones – WillaKenzie’s 2009 Pinot Noir Pierre Leon is dominated by dark cherry and purple plum piquantly tinged with their pits; undertones of tallow, roasted red meat, and underbrush lending intriguing depth; and finishes with resonance, richer and sweeter, if with a bit less energy, penetration or saliva inducement, than its counterpart from their Dundee Hills vineyard. This handsome Pinot should perform well for 6-8 years.”   – David Schildknecht

WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Noir Pierre Léon 2009 Review from DECANTER
COMMENDED
May 2012

2008 VINTAGE

WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Noir Pierre Léon 2008 Review from ROBERT PARKER’S WINE ADVOCATE
90+ POINTS
October 2011
“The 2008 Pinot Noir Pierre Leon spent 12 months in 50% new French oak. It displays a more expressive bouquet of balsam wood, Asian spices, incense, black cherry, and black raspberry. In the glass it displays considerable structure with the requisite fruit for balance. Give it 2-3 years to fully blossom and drink it from 2013 to 2020.”   –Jay Miller

WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Noir Pierre Léon 2008 Review from STEPHEN TANZER’S INT’L WINE CELLAR
91 POINTS
July/August 2011
“Bright ruby-red. High-pitched, floral-accented aromas of cherry and red berry compote, with complicating spice and earth nuances. Spicy and precise on entry, offering sweet red fruit flavors that gain weight and smokiness in the mid-palate. Tannins arrive late and add structure to the spicy, clinging finish.” – Josh Raynolds

WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Noir Pierre Léon 2008 Review from WINE & SPIRITS MAGAZINE
90 POINTS
June 30, 2011
“Scents of graham cracker and soy lead to ripe black cherry flavors, while oak defines the finish with mocha notes melding into the sweet, dark fruit. This has the depth for spice-rubbed pork loin.”

WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Noir Pierre Léon 2008 Review from WINE SPECTATOR
92 POINTS
May 11, 2011
“Firm in texture, with juicy red berry and red cherry flavors cutting through the veil of tannins, picking up cinnamon and clove nu­ances as the finish lingers. Best from 2012 through 2018.” - Harvey Steiman



2007 VINTAGE

WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Noir Pierre Léon 2007 Review from the WINE ADVOCATE
91 Points
“The 2007 Pinot Noir Pierre Leon Estate spent 14 months in 50% new oak and is made up of mainly of Dijon clones. Rounder, riper, and weightier than the preceding wines, it displays lots of spice on both the nose and palate, cherry and raspberry flavors, and a sense of elegance. This nicely balanced, lengthy effort will offer prime drinking from 2012 to 2019.”

WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Noir Pierre Léon 2007 Review from STEPHEN TANZER’S INT’L WINE CELLAR
89 Points
Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar: “Bright medium red. Lively strawberry- and raspberry-dominated bouquet. Racy, faintly medicinal red fruit flavors are given spine by zesty acidity. Very fresh pinot with strong finishing cut and lingering spiciness.”

WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Noir Pierre Léon 2007 Review from WINE SPECTATOR
90 Points
“Bright, with a silky feel underneath the fine layer of gritty tannins. The raspberry and cherry flavors come through on the open-weave finish. Drink now through 2013.”



2006 VINTAGE

WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Noir Pierre Léon 2006 Review from BURGHOUND.COM
91 POINTS
February 1, 2010
“Here the expressive nose is impressively complex with a pretty and layered mix of both red and blue pinot fruit notes, violets and briar hints that also characterize the delicious, supple and attractively textured medium-bodied avors that deliver ne length and while the nish is dusty, it avoids the dryness of the Aliette. Worth a look if you enjoy understated pinot.” – Allen Meadows

WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Noir Pierre Léon 2006 Review from the WINE ADVOCATE
90 POINTS
October 2009
“Exhibits a friendly personality with plenty of plush, tasty black fruits and good length. It can be enjoyed over the next 6-8 years.”

WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Noir Pierre Léon 2006 Review from the WINERE VIEW ONLINE
91 POINTS
May 5, 2009
“The attack is led by earthiness and bacon, followed by a burst of ripe blackberries and plums, and a long sweet, spicy nish. Elegant, food-friendly and very drinkable right now, this wine should continue to develop and gain further complexity over the next handful of years.” – Marguerite Omas



2005 VINTAGE

WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Noir Pierre Léon 2005 Review from WINE SPECTATOR
90 POINTS
Dec. 15, 2008
“Polished, round and appealing for its cascade of plum, currant and mineral aromas and flavors, skipping easily through super fine tannins on the long expressive finish.

WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Noir Pierre Léon 2005 Review from the WINE NEWS MAGAZINE
92 POINTS
“Intense ruby hue with a garnet rim. Minty cherry aromas with hints of violets and charred oak. Thick and juicy with plum, cherry and mocha flavors. Sweet, lengthy finish with flinty minerals and youthful wood tannins.”



2003 VINTAGE

WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Noir Pierre Léon 2003 Review from the WINE & SPIRITS MAGAZINE
90 POINTS
October 2006
“This vineyard designate named for owner Bernard Lacroute’s father has lots of juicy black fruit and rich black cherry flavor; the dark intensity of its fruit is typical of the new Yamhill Carlton AVA, the product of its quick-to-drain, ancient sedimentary soils. This is big rather than subtle, and it’s delicious: there’s plenty of structure to back up all that ripe fruit. Deeply flavorful enough for braised lamb.”


 

2002 VINTAGE

WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Noir Pierre Léon 2002 Review from the WINE SPECTATOR
91 POINTS
May 31, 2005
“Bright, brash and juicy. A lively mouthful of cherry, cinnamon and bittersweet chocolate flavors rocketing through the racy finish. Have it now with food or watch it develop.”


 

1999 VINTAGE

 

WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Noir Pierre Léon 1999 Review from STEPHEN TANZER’S INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLAR
90+ POINTS
March 2001
“Dark ruby red. Pungent aromas of red currant and cassis. Lush but firm, with note worthy texture and concentration. A real fruit bomb, with layered, impressively primary black fruit flavors and solid underlying structure. Strong tannins are nicely buffered by the wine’s intense fruit. Long on the after taste.”

WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Noir Pierre Léon 1999 Review from the WINE SPECTATOR
87 POINTS 
April 2001
“Smooth and ripe, packing a nice range of spicy plum, berry and cola flavors on a supple frame. Has fine grain tannins to lose. Best after 2002.”

WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Noir Pierre Léon 1999 Review from the WINE ADVOCATE
89 POINTS
August 2001
“The medium to dark ruby-colored 1999 Pinot Noir, Pierre Leon (2000 cases were produced) bursts from the glass with Asian spices, blackberries and blueberries. This broad, medium to full bodied wine is packed with concentrated layers of black fruits and fresh herbs. It is a masculine, muscular wine with loads of structure, yet remains dominated by its dark fruit flavors. Projected maturity: 2004-2010.

WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Noir Pierre Léon 1999 Review from THE VINE
17/20 POINTS
December 2001
“Good Color. Some evolution compared with the Aliette. Slightly diffuse on the nose. Slightly dry. Better on the palate. Slightly raw though. Slightly bitter and astringent at the end. But this I think is just a phase. Good grip.”

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