Solena’s estate 2010 Pinot Noir Hyland Vineyard is fermented in part using small wooden roto-fermentors that amount to spinning demi-muids. Jellied cherry and red currant are tinged with mint chocolate and nutmeg in the nose as well as on a plush, almost creamy, expansive, and fortunately gratifyingly sappy palate. While toast and resin from barrel (around half new) are very evident, the finish remains juicy, evincing scarcely any drying out. Suggestions of humus, underbrush, and dried mushrooms emerge with air to offer some sense of intrigue to a Pinot that ought to deliver at least 4-5 years of freshness. ”
Wine Maker Notes
The Hyland Vineyard, planted in the 1970s, was purchased by the Montalieus and their business partners, the Niemeyers, in May 2007. Located in the Coast Range foothills southwest of McMinnville, the vineyard has been the source of fruit for many acclaimed wines. The estate is 200 acres, with just over 120 acres planted to vines. The vineyard rises from an elevation of 600’ to just over 800’ on primarily south sloping bench-land. Soils are volcanic Jory and some Nekia, a shallower version of Jory. The vineyard is comprised of 47.21 acres of own-rooted, old-growth Pinot Noir, 41.84 acres of newer, grafted Pinot Noir clones, 6.43 acres of own-rooted, older Chardonnay, 11.04 acres of Riesling, 6.1 acres of Gewurztraminer, and 6.75 acres of Muller-Thurgau.