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 Vintage2009 Label 1 of 13 
ProducerDomaine Drouhin Oregon (web)
VarietyPinot Noir
SubRegionWillamette Valley
AppellationDundee Hills
UPC Code(s)012086880414

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2015 and 2020 (based on 11 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir Laurene on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90.7 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 54 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by SkeBum on 5/22/2015 & rated 92 points: Wine has a very nice balance of fruit, acid and tannins. Is in a good place right now and drinking well. Probably at its peak now or close to it. Nice wine. (225 views)
 Tasted by vinelines on 11/24/2014: My husband is the Pinot fan. Beautiful wine. Great aroma right out of the bottle. (1359 views)
 Tasted by ewsds on 10/24/2014 & rated 91 points: Ruby color, with a nose of bright red fruits and a slight bit of funk. On the palate, it's got very fine drying tannins, darker red fruits, dried berry/cherry. Quite bit of structure left and it needs time to smooth out. (1365 views)
 Tasted by WineCenturyAZ on 8/31/2014 & rated 89 points: Lighter ruby in the glass, bit hot on the earthy nose, palate has notes of cherry, raspberry, bell pepper, cacao, five spice and wood. (1615 views)
 Tasted by scorrea on 8/21/2014 & rated 88 points: Bit hot on the nose and palate. On the palate cherry and a bit of rasberry. Acid level high. 2009 vintage has been the weaker of this bottling so far. (1529 views)
 Tasted by mwneil on 5/22/2014 & rated 87 points: I tend to love DD wines. This one did nothing for me; thin and tasted like alcohol. Drank in restaurant in Baltimore. I am having issues with the alcohol in wine. (1976 views)
 Tasted by pepmi on 3/22/2014 & rated 90 points: Very nice. Too much rough fruit and earthiness to be Burgundian but nevertheless, an enjoyable wine experience. Balanced and well integrated. (1612 views)
 Tasted by jmcmchi on 12/29/2013 & rated 94 points: Soft, lingering, lovely fruit and balance. (1365 views)
 Tasted by MC2 Wines on 12/7/2013 & rated 90 points: Zachy's auction w/ some CTers (Marea - 240 Central Park South): This is a really nice wine (I'm actually continuing to drink the leftovers as I write this note), but the other wines of the day tended to outclass it. Softer than many of the others we were drinking, this is still on the younger side. Some light red fruits. I'd sit on it for awhile (that's what we're planning with our other one), but I can see it being pretty good. (1903 views)
 Tasted by Rabakatz on 11/28/2013: delicious and smooth. (1471 views)
 Tasted by djlevin on 11/26/2013 & rated 91 points: The nose has red fruit and earth, with a floral influence. The palate begins with fresh red cherry under-pinned with a delicate floral note. The mid-palate transitions to black cherry and spice, then a medium short finish of earth and bitter chocolate. Medium-high acidity with slightly dusty tannins. The texture was initially silky, but became watery quickly on the mid-palate. You notice the alcohol on the finish. This wine needs more time in the cellar to reach its potential. There was a lot more going on here than a simple, fruity new-world pinot. This was very feminine in character, with a solid backbone. Another 5 years of aging and I would expect this will be very elegant and composed. I can envision this as a 10 year old pinot reaching its drinking window... add a little barnyard on the nose and Burgundy comes to mind! (1345 views)
 Tasted by GEL Wines on 11/20/2013 & rated 92 points: Excellent. Decanted 1hr beforehand. Spicy, subtle, ripe fruit. Burgundy style and on par! (1104 views)
 Tasted by SkeBum on 10/15/2013 & rated 92 points: Popped and poured this wine. Bit of floral notes on the nose with some earth and cherries also. On the palate it was well balanced with light tannins and some acid all working very well together. The only thing that kept me from rating this wine higher was that the finish was just a little too sweet for me, other people may find it fine, just a personal thing. Overall a lovely wine. (1718 views)
 Tasted by bjecjohnson on 9/29/2013 & rated 85 points: Opened too early. Was approachable after an hour or so open, but this needs to age for another 3-5 years. (1195 views)
 Tasted by rocknroller on 7/31/2013 & rated 90 points: Willamette Valley Oregon Trip 4 & 1/2 Days; 7/29/2013-8/4/2013 (Willamette Valley, Oregon): Brickish red color. Spicy, dry, tart, darker red fruits, cherry, minerals. (1988 views)
 Tasted by Johnahieb on 7/5/2013 & rated 92 points: Beautiful. Smooth, wine loads of spice and earth notes. (1592 views)
 Tasted by Oregon Pinot on 7/2/2013 & rated 92 points: Bouquet was present on opening being a mild berry that disappeared after few hours, However the taste was smooth slightly tart and very balanced blackberry & cherry finish. The Laurene is a limited bottling from the best barrels. Simply lovely !!! (1489 views)
 Tasted by Richard Jennings on 6/11/2013 & rated 92 points: Black tinged very dark cherry red color; baked cherry, Chinese 5-spice, dried cherry nose; tight, dried cherry, Chinese 5-spice, dried berry palate with medium acidity; needs 2-plus years; medium-plus finish (14.1% alcohol) (798 views)
 Tasted by dundeehills on 5/30/2013 & rated 91 points: Decanted and let air for an hour. Berry and spice aromas; cherry, licorice and earthy flavors; good structure. Good now, but will keep getting better with a few more years. (1377 views)
 Tasted by dbp on 4/6/2013 & rated 90 points: Dundee Hills with Alan, Corina, Julie and Craig: Very good for the vintage and my palate. This smells spicy and tart, yet fairly softly fruited overall. Nice luscious body, with impressively deep fruit and structure. Big boy tannins. This is built impressively. Nice voluptuous body leaving on the finish, with good structure and sweet red fruits. This is nice, but quite tight for the vintage right now. 90+ (1760 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 3/30/2013 & rated 90 points: Beautiful and full bodied wine. Good ripe fruits and minerals. Warm vintage I was told. Really good wine with a good future of at least 5 years. 90+ (1347 views)
 Tasted by jmcafee on 3/16/2013 & rated 90 points: This has very good potential. Good balance of young tannins, fruit and and acidity will make this even more delicious in a couple of years. Classic Oregon Domaine Drouhin Pinot Noir style. Tasted twice with similar results. Drink 2015-2020 (1197 views)
 Tasted by terroirgeek on 3/13/2013: TASTED 3/16/13 AT WINERY: A BIG FRUITY WINE. HOPING IT WILL SETTLE DOWN OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS. (597 views)
 Tasted by KeithAkers on 1/17/2013 & rated 90 points: 2 Days in the Valley- Day 2 (Willamette Valley, OR): Nose: This is on the tight side right now with tones of dark berries, dark cherries, spice tones, and some oak as well.

Taste: Medium/full bodied with medium acidity. The tones of dark cherries, spice, and some oak are balanced, but with a riper take.

Overall: This is slightly on the bigger side, but is far from overdone. If the oak integrates a bit it could be a really nice wine when the rough edges smooth out. (1764 views)
 Tasted by fredb on 11/14/2012: Consumed on delivery. Dark cran-raspberry red color. Aromas of cranberry, raspberry, cherry, vanilla, and anise. Palate shows tart cranberry, rhubarb, strawberry, cherry, and vanilla notes that carry into a medium-long finish. Will improve, no doubt, but drinkable now with some air. Drink in next six months or wait until 2015. (1932 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Richard Hemming
JancisRobinson.com (7/25/2013)
(Dom Drouhin, Cuvée Laurène Pinot Noir Dundee Hills Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, July/August 2011, IWC Issue #157
(Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir Laurene Dundee Hills) Subscribe to see review text.
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (6/11/2013)
(Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir Laurène) Black tinged very dark cherry red color; baked cherry, Chinese 5-spice, dried cherry nose; tight, dried cherry, Chinese 5-spice, dried berry palate with medium acidity; needs 2-plus years; medium-plus finish (14.1% alcohol)  92 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (9/13/2012)
(Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir Laurène) Medium dark cherry red color; baked cherry, raspberry nose; tasty, soft, tart cherry, raspberry, mineral palate; medium-plus finish  92 points
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Domaine Drouhin Oregon

Producer website

2009 Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir Laurène

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 the Dundee Hills, 2009 will be remembered as an exceptionally long growing season that ended in a relatively relaxed, even harvest. The accumulated heat throughout the season, in addition to a September heat spike, yielded wines with full fruit character – powerful, but balanced. Much like 2004 and 2006, these are wines that have an immediate charm but will age gracefully.

Harvested: September 24th - October 10th
Bottled: January 2011
Released: October 2012
Production: 5,400 six-packs

Pinot Noir

Varietal character (Appellation America) | Varietal article (Wikipedia)
Pinot Noir is the Noble red grape of Burgundy, capable of ripening in a cooler climate, which Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot will not reliably do. It is unpredictable and difficult both to grow and to vinify, but results in some of the finest reds in the world. It is believed to have been selected from wild vines two thousand years ago. It is also used in the production of champagne. In fact, more Pinot Noir goes into Champagne than is used in all of the Cote d'Or! It is also grown in Alsace, Germany, the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Croatia, Serbia, Italy, Austria, and so forth, with varying degrees of success.


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Willamette Valley

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Dundee Hills

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Located just 28 miles southwest of Portland, and 40 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean, the Dundee Hills appellation is situated within an irregular circle of about 6,490 acres in total, of which more than 1,264 acres of vineyards are planted. This region is unique for its higher elevation, warmer nighttime temperatures, less low-elevation fog and frost, and lava-based Jory soil series of reddish silt, clay and loam soils.

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