Domaine Drouhin Dundee Hills Pinot Noir
- Pinot Noir
- Not cheap, but nevertheless a great example of really good Pinot Noir.
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- All of Domaine Drouhin's Pinot Noir is handpicked into 25-pound totes, then hand sorted & de-stemmed at our four-level gravity flow winery. Fermentations are long & careful. By the middle of November, all of our wine was safely in barrel. They use approximately 20% new oak with their Pinot Noir, which allows the character of the wine & 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 Noir with balance, elegance & finesse.
The estate's vineyards are farmed sustainably, and are certified by LIVE (Low-Input Viticulture & Enology), Oregon & Washington's principal sustainability authority.
Joseph Drouhin bought 150 acres about ten years ago. Everything is kept very much within the family, as his daughter Véronique is winemaker and the vines are cloned from Drouhin's Burgundy vineyards. This is undoubtedly one of the finest Pinot Noirs from North America.
- 'Burgundy winemaker Joseph Drouhin established an estate in the then small growing region of the Dundee Hills, 30 miles south-west of Portland, in 1987. With the admirable slogan of "French soul, Oregon soil", he has produced some of the region's finest pinot noir including this sumptuous wine. The grapes are hand-picked and the wine is aged in Burgundy oak. Lashings of plum, cherry and red fruit flavours mingle here with notes of spice and a long finish. Can be drunk now but will age well.' - John Clarke, The Independent, March 2018
'Ripe, clean and very fruity with nice juiciness and sweet, alluring raspberry and cherry fruit. Ripe and full with nice structure.' Jamie Goode, Wine Anorak, January 2018
'Medium red with a bright rim. Vibrant red currant, raspberry, rose and cinnamon aromas show striking clarity and are reminiscent of a wine from one of Burgundy's more elegant climats. Spicy and sweet, with energetic red berry flavours deepened by suggestions of musky underbrush and tarragon. An elegant, tangy midweight, finishing on zesty notes of blood orange and minerals.' Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar
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Coq au Vin or Beef Bourguignon.
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