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Domaine Drouhin

Pinot Noir,
 2016

$38.99/bottle

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Description

French soul, Oregon soil.  Elegant Pinot Noir forged from the Drouhin family’s tradition of fine winemaking in France

Variety: Pinot Noir
Region: Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
Winemaker: Domaine Drouhin
Size: 750 ml
Alcohol: 14.1%

Winemaker's Notes

Winemaker’s Notes: Complex and expressive on the nose, there are aromas of flower petals, candied dark cherry and plum, interwoven with savory notes, sandalwood and a touch of oak. The first taste presents dark fruit flavors and cherry, with pink peppercorn, rhubarb and five-spices. Ripe, well-integrated tannins are balanced by the graceful structure. While the wine is very pretty and approachable now, it has the charm and persistence to suggest it will effortlessly age over the next 10 years and more

John's Notes

It’s no secret how much I enjoy Oregon wine, but I’ve asked good friends Diane and Dave Buckenheimer to write this one up. Diane is a naturally perceptive taster who easily grabbed top honors in more than one blind tasting in my wine room, which coupled with Dave’s analytical approach, made them the perfect evaluators for this incredibly complex wine

Big Cabernet Sauvignon fans, Diane and Dave loved this fleshy Pinot with its notes of red and black cherries, plum, and red fruit coupled with hints of clove and baking spice that harmonized wonderfully with the well-integrated tannins. Complimented by a smooth, velvety texture and a long finish, this multi-layered Pinot Noir is an excellent wine to drink now and is also suitable for bottle aging.  Paired with pan-seared pork chops

Nerdy Details

Winemaker:  Domaine Drouhin Oregon

  • Established in 1987, Domaine Drouhin Oregon is owned by famed Burgundy producer, Maison Joseph Drouhin. Hand-crafted by fourth generation winemaker, Veronique Drouhin-Boss, the distinctive Pinot Noirs of Domaine Drouhin are prized for their elegance, balance and finesse, as well as their ability to age
  • Philippe Drouhin, Veronique’s brother, is in charge of viticulture and has earned an international reputation for his work both in Burgundy and Oregon

Variety:  Pinot Noir

Region:  Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon

Climate:

  • The Willamette Valley is relatively mild throughout the year with cool, wet winters and warm, dry summers. While moisture is abundant, most of the rainfall occurs in the winter, not during growing season. This temperate climate, combined with coastal marine influences, makes the gentle growing conditions within the Valley ideal for cool climate grapes such as Pinot Noir
  • 2016 marks the third consecutive season of warm, dry and largely harmonious growing conditions. Spring came early, and the vineyards enjoyed the warmer and drier weather. This helped maintain small clusters and berries that could mature evenly between bloom and harvest. In fact, harvest began during the last days of August, but a cooler September allowed us to achieve an overall balance of flavor and layered complexity

Viticulture

  • The fruit is harvested entirely from our family’s Dundee Hills estate which is predominantly basalt-based, volcanic, Jory soil
  • Ninety acres of the 225-acre estate are now planted, with over 3100 vines per acre

Alcohol: 14.1%

Winemaking:

  • Our Pinot Noir is handpicked into 25-pound totes, then hand sorted and de-stemmed at our four level gravity flow winery
  • Fermentations are long and careful and by November, all of our Pinot is safely in barrel
  • Our barrels are custom made in Burgundy, using oak from France’s best forests, allowing the character of the soil and vintage to show through

Pairs Well With:  Pan-seared pork chops, herb roasted chicken, goat cheese and crackers

Reviews

James Suckling (96): Incredible clarity and purity of dark red cherries on the nose here. This is a stunning young Pinot. The palate has a very plush, fleshy and concentrated core of rich black cherries with toasty oak spice overlaid. Long, noble tannins. This is exceptional

Wine & Spirits (93): The 2016 vintage defies Veronique Drouhin’s customary restraint: It’s heady with aromas of cherry and strawberry, the forward fruit feeling almost pulpy on the palate. Yet notes of tanbark and firm, spicy tannins rein it in so that the wine maintains a kind of opulent grace, rich and sleek at once

Wine Spectator (92): Precise and polished, with slightly brooding black cherry and green tea flavors that fan out and build structure toward fine-grained tannins. Drink now through 2025

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate (91): The 2016 Dundee Hills Pinot Noir is pale to medium ruby-purple with a nose of warm red cherries, dried cranberries and crushed blueberries with accents of Earl Grey tea, dried leaves and earth. Light to medium-bodied, it has good concentration of red and blue fruits in the mouth with forest/earthy touches and cinnamon suggestions, with a good frame of fine-grained tannins and lovely juicy acidity, finishing long and spicy

Wine Enthusiast (91): This lovely and seductive wine from a top producer delivers a supple, smooth and silky mix of orange peel, strawberry compote and chocolate bonbon flavors. At its relatively modest price, you can’t hope for a better value for iconic Dundee Hills Pinot Noir

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