Domaine Drouhin Oregon
- All of our Pinot Noir is hand-picked into 25-pound totes, then hand-sorted and destemmed at our four-level gravity flow winery.
- Fermentations are long and careful. By the middle of November, all of our wine was safely in barrel.
- We use approximately 20 percent new oak with our Pinot Noir, which allows the character of the wine and vintage to show through.
- Barrels are custom made for us in Burgundy, using oak from France’s best forests.
- Our goal is to produce Pinot Noirs with balance, elegance and finesse.
- 100% Pinot Noir
- 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 Vintage: Harvest Dates: 9/8/21-10/2/21
- 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.
Véronique’s Tasting Notes
- Our 2021 Pinot Noir Dundee Hills is youthful and bright, deftly downplaying the topsy-turvy growing season that ended with gentle, ideal harvest conditions.
- On the nose, the wine is bursting with black cherry and ripe sour cherry tones, with hints of dried violets and lightly roasted coffee beans.
- The palate confirms the nose with added notes of fresh raspberry, cranberry, and a decidedly earthy touch.
- This wine is lovely, vibrant, and elegant now, but I think it will be in a perfect place with 5 – 12 years of cellaring.