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Domaine Drouhin Oregon Laurene Pinot Noir 1999

Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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Winemaker Notes

A very dry summer resulted in exceptionally ripe and dark-colored grapes. Domaine Drouhin was blessed with perfect weather during harvest. The grapes were picked by hand into small 25-lb capacity boxes, which is a lot of extra work in the field and in the winery – but very important for preserving the quality of the fruit they worked so hard to grow all year. The must was not inoculated with cultured yeast, preferring to rely on the indigenous yeasts present on the grape skins to conduct the primary fermentation.

Fermentation was conducted in the classical Burgundian manner, with punching-down of the cap and tasting of the juice two to three times per day. The wine was aged in French Oak barrels, of which less than 20% were new. Malolactic fermentation was completed in the barrels naturally, without inoculation. The wine was racked by gravity after malolactic fermentation was complete in the late spring and early summer, and was bottled in January 2001.

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The dark-colored 1999 Pinot Noir Laurene displays black cherry, blackberry, and spice aromas. Medium to full-bodied, intense, and focused, this wine admirably combines outstanding depth with purity. Its grape and black cherry flavors can be found throughout its seamless personality and long, ripe finish.
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Domaine Drouhin Oregon

Domaine Drouhin Oregon

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Domaine Drouhin Oregon, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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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.

Willamette Valley

Pinot Noir

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Home of some of the planet’s most amazingly elegant and expressive Pinot noir, the Willamette Valley is a pastoral, mixed landscape of green, bucolic rolling hills, dramatic forestlands and small, independent, friendly wine growers. As a leader in environmental stewardship, the valley has some of the nation’s most protective land use policies, with two-thirds of its vineyards farmed sustainably and over half organic. While the valley technically claims a cool, continental climate, and is heavily influenced by the cold, moist winds of the Pacific Ocean, its warm and dry summers allow for the steady, even ripening of Pinot noir.

The potential of Willamette Valley Pinot noir continues to attract the investment of serious growers and winemakers both locally and from abroad, as naturally the finished wines bring accolades from professionals and enthusiasts. With a range of styles from delicate dried cherry, raspberry and hibiscus to stronger notes of truffle, mocha, plum and spice, a fine Willamette Valley Pinot noir is a perfect expression of both power and grace.

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