Wine of the Day: Willakenzie Tourdion Cuvee Blanc

Though there are likely not many wineries that blend Pinot Noir with Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc, but they should, as Willamette Valley’s Willakenzie Estate reveals with their luscious, lively Willakenzie Tourdion Cuvee Blanc ($40). Inspired by the wines of France’s Alsace region, known for crafting stellar Grand Cru wines from the varieties, although usually as single varietal wines, Tourdion gracefully marries 45% Pinot Noir (pressed shortly after harvest to ensure the skins do not impart too much of their color into the delicate juice), 33% Pinot Blanc, and 22% Pinot Gris, from fruit grown throughout Willkenzie’s expansive estate filled with varying elevations, soil types, sun exposures, and microclimates. Each variety is harvested separately, whole-cluster pressed to maintain vibrant freshness, fermented and aged on the lees in neutral oak, giving a hint of creaminess and texture to the layered wine. The resulting wine is aromatic and inviting, opening with layers of orange blossom and lemon blossom, with subtle herbal notes, and spice, followed by notes of creamy lemon box pie, mandarin, melon, and a smokey mineral note of crushed stone. #Cheers