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Date Printed: 8/22/2014
Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir 2005
Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir 2005
(search item no. 92225)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/22/2014: $44.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2008 Burghound.com rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

All of Dom. Drouhin Oregon's Pinot Noir is handpicked into 25-pound totes, then hand sorted and de-stemmed at their four-level gravity flow winery. Fermentations are long and careful. By the middle of November, all of their wine was safely in barrel. Dom. Drouhin Oregon uses approximately 20% new oak with their Pinot Noir, which allows the character of the wine and vintage to show through. Barrels are custom made for them in Burgundy, using oak from France's best forests. Their goal is to produce Pinot Noirs with balance, elegance and finesse.

From their earliest days in barrel, the 2005 Pinot Noirs have been deep, dense wines. In contrast to the more delicate 2004, the 2005 is built on larger shoulders, with a strong backbone that will certainly reward with extended aging. Pinot Noir's more delicate heart beats beneath, but for now the 2005 is true to the vintage. Of course, one can happily enjoy the wine now with its expressive nose of lilac and violet blossoms, and a wild array of red and black fruits, white pepper, clove and orange peel. The body is rich and the finish long and silky, suggesting a minimum aging of 7 to 10 years.

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About 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 and Chardonnays 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. Ninety acres of the 225-acre estate are now planted, with over 3100 vines per acre. Domaine Drouhin Oregon's landmark 4-level gravity flow winery is nestled into the heart of the Dundee Hills.