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Terres Basses

Terres Basses Pinot Noir

Terres Basses


French for "low lands", Terres Basses is the lowest and earliest maturing location on the WillaKenzie Estate. This is the only location on the Estate that grapevines are not growing in Willakenzie soil, but rather a soil series that is called Hazelair. This unique terrior encourages the fruit to ripen fairly early and produce small berries with thick skins which result in wines that can be very dark, intense and rich.

Wine Information Sheet 


Spice & Mineral 

Wild game, lilacs and dark minerality


Slightly nervous on entry, that leads to a generous, rich and mouth-filling mid palate and finishes with tremendous length

At The Table 

Pair this wine with rack of lamb or beef tenderloin.


A traditional Pinot Noir/Burgundy glass with a round bowl, will convey this varietal’s profound aromatics and structural characteristics.

Serving and Cellar 

Serve at cellar temperature (55- 60 ̊F). Terres Basses Pinot Noir will benefit initially from a decant. Cellar from five to fifteen years for maximum enjoyment.

In the Vineyard 

Meaning “low lands,” this block is the lowest on the estate at 320 to 390 feet. It has a higher clay content than the rest of the estate and the unique soil composition of this parcel is a key contributor to the wine's specificity. This also tends to be the first block to mature each fall.

Winemaker Hand 

Hand-picked and sorted on September 23rd, 2017.  Aged 18 months in French oak barrels

Technical Details 
  • Sustainability: LIVE Certified Wine, Salmon Safe
  • Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir: Clone 115
  • ALC %: 13.4%
  • Elevage: 18 months in new and neutral French oak barrels