2016 Domaine Danielle Laurent Vineyard Pinot Noir

2016 Domaine Danielle Laurent Vineyard Pinot Noir

Winemakers Notes

The 2016 DDL has a brilliant ruby color that shines in the glass. Led by welcomingaromas of toasty nutmeg and clove, characteristic of the estate, its core of brambly darkfruit, crushed violet and fresh earth is reminiscent of a garden after the rain. Pleasantlynishing with echoes of mouthwatering red berries, the 2016 is more supple and netuned than the brawnier '15. Pair with mushroom sauces or game bird.

Harvest: 9/8-9/30/2016      Barrels: 100% French Oak

Brix at Harvest: 23.2º         New Oak: 76%

pH: 3.73                             Skin Contact: 16 days

Alcohol: 13.7%                  Grapes: 100% Pinot Noir

Residual Sugar: 0 g/L         Vineyard: Domaine Danielle Laurent

Aging: 10 Months               AVA: Yamhill- Carlton AVA

Year Planted: 2000

The Vintage

For the third consecutive year, the Willamette Valley was treated to a near-perfectvintage. With higher spring temperatures leading to the earliest bud-break on record, itlooked to be a challenging run ahead. But with cool and consistent weather throughoutthe ripening period,2016 looks to trump even the much lauded 2014 and 2015 vintages.As sugar levels rise in the fruit, the acidity levels decrease. Due to the longer hang timeafter fruit set, this process was slowed and acidity levels remained optimal when harvestarrived. is allowed for a degree of nesse and elegance in the wines, more so than theopulent 2015’s. Balanced acidity makes for fresher and crisper white varietals, and allowsthe Pinot Noirs to age beautifully for years to come. Considered a “giving” vintage bothin quantity and quality, look for approachable wines now that will continue to reward astime goes on.

The Soléna Story

After successful careers in the Oregon wine industry, the husband and wife team ofLaurent Montalieu and Danielle Andrus Montalieu purchased an 80-acre estate tocommemorate their marriage in 2000. In May 2002, they launched Soléna by bottlingtheir rst vintage of Domaine Danielle Laurent Pinot Noir and, shortly thereafter,opening a tasting room in Carlton. Soléna is the combination of the French andSpanish words soleil and luna, celebrating the sun and the moon, and the name thatLaurent and Danielle gave to their daughter.Soléna Estate began as a way to explore winemaking with other varietals grown inneighboring appellations while the family's young Domaine Danielle Laurent vineyardin the Yamhill-Carlton AVA matured. In May 2007, Danielle and Laurent added thespectacular Hyland Vineyard in the McMinnville AVA to their estate vineyardholdings. Today Laurent and Danielle are producing world-class Pinot Noir andChardonnay from their estate vineyards.

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Vintage 2016
Wine Style Red Wine
Varietal Pinot Noir
Appellation Yamhill- Carlton AVA
Size 750 ml