2016 Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir Laurene 375ml$34.99
The Flagship wine of Drouin’s Oregon Domaine, Laurene is named after the oldest Daughter of Veronique Drouhin. This is a serious wine with an uncanny nod to the Drouin’s hometown of Burgundy. Hand Picked Estate grown fruit, destemmed, and fermented with wild yeast, and aged with very limited new oak. This is easily one of the top vintages for this cuvee and displays intense aromatics, excellent concentration, and impeccable balance. This is about as serious as Pinot Noir from Oregon comes and should age for some time. This is the first harvest Laurene has worked by herself so it is the first Laurene actually made by Laurene.
Vinous (Josh Raynolds) 94 points! "Deep, glistening red. Vibrant black raspberry, cherry liqueur and rose oil scents, along with hints of dusty minerals, mocha and baking spices. Juicy, seamless and energetic on the palate, offering appealingly sweet dark berry and floral pastille flavors that fan out steadily and turn spicier with air. Smooth, even tannins lend shape to the impressively persistent finish, which shows strong, floral- and spice-driven tenacity."