Domaine Drouhin Oregon Laurene Pinot Noir 2010
Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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.
Wine Enthusiast - "This reserve-level Pinot from DDO is exceptional in every way. Silky, elegant and deeply-fruited, it marries a plush midpalate of red berries and cherries to compelling grace notes of pine needle, cola and mocha. Delicious and ageworthy; if past vintages are any indication, this can go until 2029.
Wine & Spirits - "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. "
International Wine Cellar - "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."
Wine Spectator - "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. "
The Wine Advocate - "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."
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Domaine Drouhin Oregon Winery
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. View all Domaine Drouhin Oregon Wines
About Willamette ValleyView a map of Willamette Valley wineries (will-AAM-it)
Named for the river that runs through the valley from Portland to Eugene, Willamette Valley is home to some of the best Pinot Noir vineyards in the Northwest. While along the same north/south line as Seattle, the Willamette Valley is protected from Pacific rains by the Coast Range on the western border and the Cascade Ranges to the east. Though sunshine is typically plentiful, rainfall can occasionally be tricky, and the wines here vary vintage to vintage. Within the Willamette Valley are are number of sub-regions, including McMinnville, Dundee and Yamhill.
Notable FactsThe valley is known for its Pinots – Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. With a climate similar to Burgundy – in rainfall, sunlight hours and other climate factors – Pinot Noir has flourished here. Pinot Noir in Oregon produces wines that are fruit forward, yet complex, some with good agebility.
Other than Pinot Noir, many wineries grow Pinot Gris and Chardonnay. Pinot Gris from Oregon is delightful in its texture and food friendliness. Chardonnay in the valley adapts well to the cool climate and produces lean, elegant wines.
About OregonOregon has long been an agricultural state, producing everything from hazelnuts to cattle. The Willamette Valley in particular is a fertile basin for all sorts of produce. Not quite pegged as a wine state, in 1965, a UC Davis graduate named David Lett decided that the Willamette's climate mirrored that of Burgundy in France. With that in mind, he decided to plant some Pinot Noir clones to see how they did. And a good gamble it was. The Willamette is now one of the only regions in the world to focus solely on Pinot Noir as its red variety. Also known for Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. The southern part of Oregon has been slower in delving into the world wine market, but has been making excellent strides with their Rhone style varietals, like Syrah and Grenache. There are also coastal regions producing promising wines.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost 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%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.