Wednesday, August 6, 2014

#Winechat with Soléna Estate

Soléna Estate Wines

Laurent Montalieu and Danielle Andrus Montalieu purchased an 80- acre estate in 2000, naming it Soléna Estate.The vineyard is densely planted at 2400 vines per acre and is farmed with biodynamic principles to encourage a healthy site that will then fully express its terroir. After harvest, the grapes are hand-sorted, then move on to an array of small vessel, temperate controlled, fermentation tanks. The gravity flow winery system allows the wines to gently flow into the below-ground barrel room, where they age for over a year in a range of French oak barrels.

More recently, Danielle and Laurent added the spectacular 100-acre Hyland Vineyard to their portfolio, allowing them to showcase fruit from the McMinnville AVA. They now produce Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, Syrah and a late harvest Riesling from select vineyard sites around Oregon and Washington.

Tasting Notes:

Pinot Gris 2013
96% Pinot Gris, 4% Gewurztraminer; each lot fermented separately in stainless steel; aged sur lees; no malolactic fermentation; light straw in color; white floral, pear, citrus blossom and vanilla aromas; pear, vanilla and mineral flavors into a midlength citrusy finish; 13.4% ABV; synthetic cork closure; 5000 cases produced; SRP $20.
Pinot Noir Grande Cuvée 2012
Aged for 10 months in 20% new French oak barrels; ruby red color; forest, red berry, dark cherry and violet aromas; dark fruit, spice, and earthy flavors; medium body, moderate tannins and acidity; midlength finish; 13.5% ABV; 6200 cases produced; synthetic cork closure; SRP $25.
Pinot Noir Hyland Vineyard 2012
100% own-rooted, old-growth Pinot Noir from the Hyland Vineyard; bright ruby red color; tart red berry, herb, and floral aromas; bright berry, herb, and cream soda flavors; lingering finish;13.6% ABV; cork closure; SRP $50.
Pinot Noir Domaine Danielle Laurent 2012
From the vineyard Domaine Danielle Laurent, planted with clones received as wedding gifts; darker ruby color; black cherry, oregano, and earth aromas and flavors; medium body with a lingering finish; 13.9% ABV; cork closure; SRP $50.
About Winechat: #winechat is a weekly, Twitter based discussion about something dealing with the world of wine.  Generally, each week’s chat session deals with a specific theme and is lead by an “expert” in that area.  This is generally a nice way to learn about a region, winery, type of wine, etc.

These wines were provided for #winechat - all opinions are my own.

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