2019-C Soléna Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, Oregon (750ml)
A Monthly Wine Club Selection
Pale yellow hue with delicate aromas of Meyer lemon, pear and subtle hints of jasmine. The palate shows white peach, passion fruit, a delicate floral note and a touch raw honey. The underlying minerality keeps the wine crisp and refreshing sip after sip!
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 is the combination of the French and Spanish words for sun and moon—soleil and luna— and the name that Laurent and Danielle gave to their daughter. 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 AVA matured. In May 2007, Danielle and Laurent added the spectacular Hyland Vineyard in the McMinnville AVA to their estate vineyard holdings. Today, Laurent and Danielle are producing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from their estate vineyards, as well as Pinot Gris and Merlot, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Late Harvest Riesling from other iconic vineyards in the Willamette Valley, as well as various sites throughout Oregon and Washington. The grapes for this Pinot Gris (98% and 2% Gewurztraminer) were carefully harvested and gently pressed before being cold-fermented in temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks. The final wine was cold-stabilized before being bottled for release.