Domaine Drouhin "Laurene" Pinot Noir 2016 Red Wine
Domaine Drouhin “Laurene” Pinot Noir 2016
Willamette Valley, OR - Dundee Hills AVA
97 Points James Suckling:
"There’s a savory stance here that sets it apart from the regular Dundee Hills bottling. Earthy and spicy forest-wood aromas sit across ripe red cherries and fresh red flowers. The palate has a long, smooth and elegant core of red cherries. Very svelte and composed. This is beautifully regal pinot. Drink or hold."
In Burgundy, France, the Drouhin family have been producing award-winning wines under the Maison Joseph Drouhin label since 1880. Descendants of Joseph, siblings Veronique and Philippe Drouhin started making wine in Oregon’s Willamette Valley in 1987 after discovering the many similarities the region shares with Burgundy, and thus the potential for producing exceptional Pinot Noirs there.
The 2016 vintage was an excellent one in Oregon, and Domaine Drouhin’s “flagship wine” Laurene Pinot Noir was christened with a whopping 97 points! This is surely a wine not to be overlooked!
FROM THE WINERY:
Named after Véronique Drouhin's elder daughter, Laurène is our flagship wine, and is produced entirely from Pinot Noir grown on the family's estate in the Dundee Hills. All of the fruit is handpicked into small totes, destemmed, fermented with indigenous yeasts, and then placed into barrels (French oak, never more than 20% new). Once the vintage is safely in the cellar, Véronique begins the process of selecting barrels which have an extra complexity, length and depth — barrels which will work together as Laurène.
After a mild winter, the 2016 growing season started with early budbreak and warm spring weather. June and July were calm, but August heat kept up the pace. September returned to the more mild climate that Oregon is known for, providing the perfect, gentle landing for a relatively early harvest. The 2016 wines are expressive, balanced and delicious.
Véronique’s Tasting Notes:
The 2016 Laurène is a textbook expression of our Dundee Hills estate. Deep ruby red in color, the wine conveys detailed aromatics of dark cherry, spice, and a very discrete note of oak. It is densely knit, with dark fruit on the entry moving towards clove, white pepper and blackberry bramble. The finish has extraordinary length and depth, lasting well beyond each sip. Truly a wine for the cellar, in proper conditions the 2016 Laurène will last for 5-15 years at a minimum. Enjoy!
Harvest Date: August 30 - September 28, 2016
Bottled: February 10, 2018