Domaine Drouhin Oregon Laurene Pinot Noir 2010
Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 13.9%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
The 2010 Laurène is a very pure expression of our estate, with clear notes of cherry, black cherry and red fruits. On the palate, I find great depth and freshness, traits more commonly used to describe Burgundy, but very present here. The finish is long and graceful, and I love the harmony, balance and complexity. Though enjoyable now, this is very much a vin de garde - a wine to hold for the long term. I expect that you will be able to cellar the 2010 Laurène for the next 10 years, but 15 years wouldn't be a surprise at all.
"Generous from start to finish, Laurene marries DOmaine Drouhin's traditional elegance with tremendous energy and vitality. Scents of plum and black cherry, dark and forward, are framed by warm oak spice, all marked by a high tone. Within all that generosity of flavor is a wild, vinous quality - the native yeast fermentation perhaps - guiding the wine without gettiing in its way. "
Wine & Spirits
"Bright ruby-red. Sexy, highly perfumed bouquet evokes candied red fruits, cherry compote, potpourri and star anise. Fresh and lively but deeply pitched, offering intense raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and suggestions of cola and candied flowers. Shows outstanding clarity and power on the finish, which features slow-building tannins and bright minerality."
International Wine Cellar
"A lithe red, with a vibrant balance to ripe strawberry jam, rose petal and spice flavors, finishing with a light lift. Drink now through 2017. "
"Domaine Drouhin's roughly 2,000 cases of 2010 Pinot Noir Laurene won't come on the market until next year, but its sappy intensity of lightly-cooked black raspberry fruit; ultra-polished tannins; rich animal fat savor; and alluring wreath of floral perfume, all make for a delightful performance today. I admit to having sensed a whiff of reductive reticence both when I first started swirling the glass and in the finish. But the issue is for now moot given the anticipated release date; and one can already anticipate at least ten or a dozen years of pleasure from this bottling."
The Wine Advocate
- 2/9/2014 (7 items) (viewed 15 times)
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