Terres Basses Reviews

2009 VINTAGE

WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Noir Terres Basses 2009 Review from ROBERT PARKER’S WINE ADVOCATE
90 POINTS
August 2012
“As its name indicates, from lower (and more clay-rich) sections of WillaKenzie’s Yamhill property, planted with two Dijon clones, their 2009 Pinot Noir Terres Basses displays peat-like smokiness and black pepper pungency allied to dark berry confiture, and with an overlay of toast, macaroon and vanilla
that I could personally do without (though the barrels are only half new, as with several sibling cuvees). This finishes with broad (borderline bulky), caressing, sweetly fruited satisfaction, persistently smoky and peppery, if without much primary juiciness or salivary enticement.”  - David Schildknecht


WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Noir Terres Basses 2009 Review from DECANTER
BRONZE MEDAL
May 2012

2008 VINTAGE

WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Noir Terres Basses 2008 Reviews from ROBERT PARKER’S WINE ADVOCATE
91+ POINTS
October 2011
“The 2008 Pinot Noir Terres Basses is my favorite of the vineyard designates. It is a harmonious offering with an inviting perfume of smoke, exotic spices, floral notes, and dark fruit aromas. Nicely proportioned on the palate, it displays excellent concentration and a lengthy, fruit-filled finish. It will deliver prime drinking from 2013 to 2023.”  - Jay Miller

WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Noir Terres Basses 2008 Reviews from STEPHEN TANZER’S INT’L WINE CELLAR
91 POINTS
July/August 2011
“Bright ruby-red. Cherry-vanilla and cola on the nose, with a spicy element increasing with aeration. Deeply pitched, nicely concentrated dark fruit flavors are complemented by notes of black cardamom and clove. Dusty tannins build on the impressively long, gently chewy, sweet finish.” – Josh Raynolds



2007 VINTAGE


WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Noir Terres Basses 2007 Review by WINE & SPIRITS MAGAZINE
91 Points
October 2010
“It takes some time before this wine emerges from its earthy core, with flavors of dark roasted plum filling out the middle. For now, it finishes on the grit of earthy tannin. Give it bottle age to integrate, then serve with garlic-roasted chicken.” – Patrick J. Comiskey

WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Noir Terres Basses 2007 Review by STEPHEN TANZER’S INT’L WINE CELLAR
90 Points
July/August 2010
“Bright ruby-red. Mineral-driven aromas of blackcurrant, cherry and rhubarb, with a deeper note of cured tobacco in the background. Pungent dark fruit and bitter cherry flavors gain sweetness and expand with air, taking on a faintly smoky character. Finishes with a refreshing bite of bitter fruit skin and juicy persistence.” – Joshua Raynolds

WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Noir Terres Basses 2007 Review from the WINE SPECTATOR
“Light and spicy, with a nice mineral note weaving through the raspberry and cherry flavors, and a delicate finish.” – Harvey Steimen



2006 VINTAGE

WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Noir Terres Basses 2006 Review by WINE & SPIRITS MAGAZINE
92 POINTS
October 2009
“Terres Basses is named for the lowlands on the WillaKenzie estate, and in most years it’s one of the winery’s most masculine wines. But such aromatics in 2006! Ink, iris petal, rose, smoke and herb complement flavors of cherry skin and pomegranate, with a finish that suggests dark, loamy earth. Serve this with duck breast in cherry sauce.”

WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Noir Terres Basses 2006 Review by the WINE ADVOCATE
92 POINTS
Octber 2009
“Burly, masculine and nearly purple in color, it delivers lots of spice, violets, and black fruits. Structured and dense, it has plenty of fine-grained tannins, layers of succulent fruit, good balance and 2-3 years of aging potential, with a drinking window extending from 2011 to 2021.”



2005 VINTAGE

WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Noir Terres Basses 2005 Review from the WINE SPECTATOR
90 POINTS
Dec 15,2008
“Smooth and spicy, with orange peel and allspice overtones to the blackberry and cherry flavors, narrowing the beam on the finish and letting it ride nicely.”



2004 VINTAGE

WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Noir Terres Basses 2004 Review from the WINE ENTHUSIAST
91 POINTS
Nov. 15, 2007
“This is outstanding Pinot, from a vineyard yielding a miserly one ton per acre. Unfined and unfiltered, this dark, deeply-flavored wine offers scents and tastes of cut tobacco wrapped into rich blueberry fruit. Long and complex, it rewards your attention with notes of bitter chocolate and citrus rind as it winds through the lingering finish.”

WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Noir Terres Basses 2004 Review by WINE & SPIRITS MAGAZINE
91 POINTS
February 2008
“There is a fresh, kirschwasser scent in this wine, accented by forest floor aromas. Its lean, savory herbal flavors and earthy edge make a fine paring with plank-roasted salmon.”

WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Noir Terres Basses 2004 Review by the WINE ADVOCATE
90 POINTS
October 2007
“The 2004 Pinot Noir “Terres Basses” is more darkly colored than the Emery. The nose hints of darker fruits as well as smoke and spice box. It is slightly narrow on the palate and firm but there is ample black cherry and blackberry flavored fruit to provide balance. It may prove to be the longest lived of these Pinot Noirs.”



2003 VINTAGE

WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Noir Terres Basses 2003 Review from the WINE SPECTATOR
90 POINTS
May 31, 2006
“Has a lovely, light, silky texture and a welcome smoky, minerally character to the plum and blackberry fruit, lingering on the gentle finish. Tannins are well-integrated.”

WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Noir Terres Basses 2003 Review from STEPHEN TANZER’S INT’L WINE CELLAR
90 POINTS
May/June 06
“Ruby-red. Primary aromas of crushed blackberry and cassis, with hints of charred meat and rose. Fat and sweet, showing a distinctly dark personality, with flavors of bitter cherry and licorice. Serious pinot, finishing on a strong note of cinnamon and clove-accented blackberry. I like this.” – Josh Raynolds



2002 VINTAGE

WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Noir Terres Basses 2002 Review from WINE ADVOCATE
89+ POINTS
October 2004
“This medium to full-bodied, extracted wine is youthfully rustic and structured. Cassis liqueur, asphalt, earth, licorice, and dark cherry compote-like flavors can be discerned in its austere yet impressive personality. A Pinot behemoth, this wine has enormous potential if cellaring civilizes and harmonizes its admirable components. “

WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Noir Terres Basses 2002 Review from WINE & SPIRITS MAGAZINE
90 POINTS
February 2005
“An irresistible jolt of ripe strawberry aroma fills the glass, along with a touch of marine air to match the oak. The flavors criss-cross oak and strawberry, then finish firmly with wood tannin unresolved, but certain to come together with time. From a low-lying vineyard site on the estate.”

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