Tart and tight, with primary raspberry and cranberry fruit, dotted with licorice, cola and cinnamon notes. Despite its youth, it shows appealing complexity, leading into a full and satisfying finish with drying tannins. Give it a couple more years of bottle age and you will have a real winner on your hands.
Kudos to winemaker Laurent Montalieu for holding the line on price. His Soléna Grande Cuvée is one of the four or five best value Pinots in Oregon, if not the entire country. Nine vineyards contribute to the blend, a spicy and herbal mix of rhubarb, pepper, tomato leaf, black raspberry, currant and rose hips. The flavors and scents are detailed and nicely…
An appealing mix of fruit and forest floor aromas waft from the glass, leading you into a tart, spicy and earthy wine with well-balanced red fruits, white pepper, bark and graphite flavors. Modest in scale, beautifully balanced, and perfect for near-term enjoyment.
Compiled from a half dozen vineyards scattered throughout the northern Willamette Valley. Firm, sculpted and dense, this has more grip and depth than might be expected at this price point. Each vineyard’s grapes were separately fermented; the blending has pulled them all together with dark, plummy flavors, notes of raisin, baking spices and caramel, and a smooth…