Solena Estate Hyland Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017
The Hyland Vineyard suggests candied blackberry and black oolong tea with a touch of blood orange. On the palette, these notes are supported with a strong tellicherry pepper finish and some lavish loam elements
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As with Soléna’s other Pinots from this vintage, both the finished alcohol and percentage of new French oak have been pulled back significantly from the 2016s, to good effect. Though young and still a bit sharp, this wine has fresh cranberry fruit and highlights of bark, dark chocolate and black tea. Give it another couple of years to soften up a bit and it will show its best.
This modern pinot has an array of ripe, dark spices and a very assertive, fruit-packed palate that delivers rich, ripe dark-cherry flavors in abundance. Espresso-laced finish. Drink or hold.
Savory and well-structured, with black cherry, forest floor and orange peel accents that build tension toward fine-grained tannins. Drink now through 2025.
After successful careers in the Oregon wine industry, the husband and wife team of Laurent Montalieu and Danielle Andrus Montalieu purchased an 80-acre estate to commemorate their marriage in 2000. In May 2002, they launched Soléna by bottling their first vintage of Domaine Danielle Laurent Pinot Noir and, shortly thereafter, opening a tasting room in Carlton.
Soléna Estate began as a way to explore winemaking with other varietals grown in neighboring appellations while the family's young Domaine Danielle Laurent vineyard in the Yamhill-Carlton District matured. In May 2007, Danielle and Laurent added the spectacular 100-acre Hyland Vineyard in the McMinnville AVA to their estate vineyard holdings. Today, Laurent and Danielle are producing Pinot Noir from their estate vineyards as well as Pinot Gris, Merlot, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Late Harvest Riesling from select sites throughout Oregon and Washington.
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