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DDO Laurène Pinot Noir

2021 Laurène Press

Owen Bargreen-97 Points

The nose on this 2021 ‘Laurene’ is utterly fabulous. Black truffle, anise, dark currants and shades of cigar box fill the nose alongside freshly tilled soils. The palate is just so wonderfully balanced, showing great weight and poise, as this effortlessly glides throughout the drinking experience. A massive core of red and dark fruits combine with garrigue and shades of Nori. This will easily be a 20 year wine. Drink 2023-2043- 97

International Wine Report-96 Points

A shimmering medium ruby-purple core with a light purple rim, the 2021 Laurène Pinot Noir sports scandalous aromas of fresh macerated strawberries, cranberry sauce, grapefruit zest, milk chocolate, and black tea. Spicy on the palate with gobs of acidity, fine-grained sweet tannins, and tilled earthy notes that hit the back of the palate, this is a well-made wine that I highly recommend. Drink it now or over the next 10 years.

James Suckling-95 Points

What a seductive nose of rose petals, cranberries, strawberries, chocolate orange, cinnamon stick and lemon zest. Spicy, zesty and vibrant, with a medium body and tight-grained tannins. Elegant with a very fine structure. Drink or hold.

Also:

Wine Spectator-95 Points,  Jeb Dunnuck-91 Points

Description

Domaine Drouhin Oregon
Laurène Pinot Noir

 

DESCRIPTION:

    • About the Laurène Cuvée – Named after Véronique Drouhin’s elder daughter, Laurène is our flagship wine, and is produced entirely from Pinot Noir grown on the family’s estate in the Dundee Hills.
    • All of the fruit is handpicked into small totes, destemmed, fermented with indigenous yeasts, and then placed into barrels (French oak, never more than 20% new).
    • Once the vintage is safely in the cellar, Véronique begins the process of selecting barrels which have an extra complexity, length and depth — barrels which will work together as Laurène.
    • In recent years, Laurène has been named one of the “Great Wines of America” by Paul Lukacs in his book of the same name and “perennially one of Oregon’s best wines” by Portland Monthly Magazine (Sept. 2009).
    • In 2008, celebrated writer Matt Kramer presented Laurène in his Wine Spectator seminar, “21st Century Pinot Noir Greatness.”

GRAPE VARIETY:

    • 100% Pinot Noir

FOOD PAIRINGS:

    • Pinot Noir is well-suited to pair with poultry, beef, fish, ham, lamb and pork.
    • It will play well with creamy sauces, spicy seasonings and may just be one of the world’s most versatile food wines.

The 2021 Vintage:  

    • While winter temperatures were slightly warmer than average, and drought conditions continued across the west, February was defined by an ice-storm unlike anything seen in the Willamette Valley for 40 years.

    • The growing season started out relatively cool but continued dry.

    • The Willamette Valley saw mild to moderate early to mid-April frosts, followed by an early season heat event at the start of May.

    • At the end of June, we experienced the warmest days ever recorded in the Valley, and yet the vines remained healthy and resilient.

    • At the end of this dramatic growing season, the vines delivered grapes with complex flavors, incredible balance, and layers of elegance.

    • As winemakers and grape growers, we couldn’t have asked for a better gift from the vineyard.

TASTING NOTES: 

    • The 2021 Pinot Noir Laurène upholds the cuvée’s 30-year tradition of excellence, elegance, expressiveness and ageability.

    • The energetic nose reveals notes of baked Rainier cherry and candied orange peel, with subtle sage and wild herb undertones.

    • On the palate, blueberry notes intertwine with baking spice and anise, offering a complex and layered experience.

    • In your glass or in your cellar, the 2021 Laurène is a pure reflection of vintage, place and people. Enjoy!

Harvest Dates: 9/8/21-10/2/21

 

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