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Jackson Family Estates acquired the former Solená Estate Winery in 2013. Oregon vintner Eugenia Keegan is the winemaker and Ken Kupperman oversees the 220-are hillside vineyard adjacent the winery.
The winery offers a Yamhill-Carlton AVA Pinot Noir and an Estate Reserve Pinot Noir.
Tasting room located in the former Solená Estate Winery facility in Yamhill. Open daily from 11:00-5:00. The wines are available through a mailing list and online through the winery's website.
2013 Gran Moraine Winery Yamhill-Carlton Oregon Pinot Noir
13.9% alc., pH 3.62, TA 0.55, 3,700 cases, $45. The first Gran Moraine vintage that winemaker Eugenia Keegan has produced vine-to-bottle. She has experience working with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in the Russian River Valley, Napa-Carneros, Burgundy and now Oregon’s Willamette Valley. This 198-acre vineyard was planted in 2005 to several Dijon clones and consists of over 80 blocks. Aged 10 months in 41% new French oak barrels. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Robust aromas of black cherry, cardamom spice and sweet oak. Lovely core of black cherry and black raspberry fruits overlain with oak-driven accents of black tea, char and tobacco, and framed by gently firm tannins. The finish is attenuated. When tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle, drying oak still dominated the aromas and flavors. Time will integrate some of the oak overlay but this will always be a well-oaked wine. Score: 88. Reviewed January 17, 2016 ARTICLE »