The wine is sourced entirely from Laurent Montalieu’s Hyland Vineyard, which includes blocks of the oldest Pinot Noir vines in Oregon, planted in 1971.
In the glass, the Trousse-Chemise Hyland Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016 has a limpid, saturated, dark ruby color. Griotte cherries, white cranberries, rhubarb, and freshly cut peonies, along with fleeting suggestions of baking spices, warm strawberry preserves, and dried pine needles move in and out of the foreground as the nose develops in the glass.
On the palate, the wine is juicy and harmonious, with a sweet supple core of cola-perfumed red fruit flavors seasoned with dried thyme, Madagascar vanilla bean, and palpable saline minerality. The long vibrant finish is supported by bright Bing cherry acidity. Like a dark chocolate covered cherry. Drink at cellar temperature out of a good large Burgundy glass. And give it time. This classic Willamette Valley Pinot Noir is a perfect example of a wine that puts on weight as it evolves in the glass.
About this wine producer: As the daughter of a French diplomat, Anne Sery-Martindale grew up around fabulous Burgundies from producers like Ghislaine Barthod, Christophe Roumier, and Louis Boillot, which sparked her own passion for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and led her to pursue winemaking as a profession. After university studies with famed enologist Denis Dubourdieu, Anne moved to Oregon, and continued her training with Laurent Montalieu at Soléna Estate in Yamhill. Currently, Anne is the winemaker at Montalieu’s Hyland Estates and NW Wine Company in McMinnville, which gives her access to some of the best grapes in Oregon, as well as a state-of-the-art facility for her own custom winemaking.