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2005 Domaine Drouhin "Cuvée Laurène" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1043622 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 In complete contrast, the 2005 Pinot Noir "Laurene" has an expressive nose of smoky black cherry and blackberry fruit. On the palate it exhibits the elevated acidity and firm structure typical of the vintage, but also a wide and deep band of succulent of silky, spicy, red and black fruits, excellent balance, and a long, pure finish. Give it 5-7 years in the cellar and drink it through 2027. Domaine Drouhin has been on a roll since the 2002 vintage. Dare I say it, the winery seems to be making better wine in Oregon than they are in France.  (10/2007)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright red. Pungent cherry, blackcurrant and botanical herbs on the nose. Lush, velvety dark berry flavors show a liqueur-like intensity but are in no way heavy. Supple tannins slowly gain power on the long, sweet finish. Manages to be both powerful and graceful, with excellent finishing lift and cling.  (6/2008)

92 points Wine & Spirits

 This smoky, exotic pinot has plenty of dark cherry aroma, but it's marked by a deep earthiness, smoky and dark. The flavors have a similar tarry bottom note, the texture sleek and elegant, the finish dusted with unsweetened cocoa. For all its elegance, it feels very youthful, a long way from full expression. For the cellar.  (6/2008)

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- Highly touted for its Pinot Noirs, Oregon is part of the up-and-coming winemaking industry in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Most of Oregon is directly affected by the climate coming off of the Pacific Ocean, giving it mild winters and wet summers. This makes it a difficult place to ripen grapes, but some say that the harder grapes have to struggle, the more complex they will turn out to be. Chardonnay and Pinot Gris are two important and successful grapes grown in Oregon.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.9