We have tasted a few wines from Solena before, but knew that there were many that we hadn’t tried. Janel from Trellis Growth Partners contacted us a while ago to offer us some samples. We were excited to check them out, and after trying them, a few of the bottles definitely stood out. Both labels are projects of Laurent Montalieu, who has been a big figure in Oregon wine for many years, supplying grapes and winemaking expertise to a wide range of local wineries. For the show we selected 4 Pinot Noirs, the 2011 Solena Domaine Danielle Laurent, the 2011 Solena Hyland Vineyard, the 2010 Hyland Estates, and the 2011 Hyland Estates Coury.

When was the last time you were surprised by something you weren’t previously familiar with?

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