The Montalieus’ 2010 Pinot Noir Domaine Danielle Laurent smells of confitured and candied cherry, resin, and blond tobacco, along with hints of fish oil and dried mushroom. For all of its prominent sense of sweetness; its veneer of toasted oak; and its textural polish and unctuousness, this retains a satisfying degree of fresh fruit vivacity as well as a modicum of salinity sufficient – along with the umami of mushroom – to stimulate the salivary glands. If there’s a 2010 in this collection that I’d consider holding for as long as a half dozen years (drinking some along the way, mind you), it’s this one.”
Wine Maker Notes
In May 2000, Laurent Montalieu and Danielle Andrus Montalieu purchased an 80-acre estate as their wedding gift to each other and registered with premium nurseries for Pinot Noir vines as wedding gifts. The vineyard has been farmed biodynamically since the second leaf. As the vines get older the wines seem to become more complex and inviting. Now 20-acres, the estate vineyard is located in the Yamhill-Carlton District, adjacent to Shea Vineyard. Willakenzie, the predominant soil type, is best known for its excellent drainage. The clones planted on our estate include Pommard, and Dijon clones 115, 667, 777, and 828. The Burgundian clones produce an intricate array of flavors from which we create our estate blend. The blocks were closely monitored as harvest approached, and the picking date was chosen based on the flavors and harvested by hand.