The Site

Aliette, named after our founder’s mother, comes from the oldest Pinot planting on the Estate. Set near the top of a ridge on the northern edge of the Estate, the site enjoys cool foggy mornings and extended afternoon sun.

  • Elevation: 500 – 600 feet
  • Aspect: Gentle SE facing slope
  • Soils: WillaKenzie soil series: Sedimentary, moderately deep well-drained fine loamy soil derived from colluvium, sandstone, and siltstone (marine origin)

The Vines

  • Varietal: Pinot Noir
  • Date planted: 1992
  • Clones: Pommard UCD4, Wädenswil 2A
  • Schematic: 7.5’ x 5’ spacing with VSP training

Site expression in the wine

Aliette is grown on a gently sloping ridge on the northern portion of the WillaKenzie Estate. The terroir here produces an elegant and finesse-driven Pinot Noir that offers a complex array of red-fruited and savory flavors.