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 Vintage2008 Label 1 of 34 
ProducerDomaine Drouhin Oregon (web)
VarietyPinot Noir
SubRegionWillamette Valley
AppellationWillamette Valley
UPC Code(s)012086860218

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2012 and 2018 (based on 29 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 89.4 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 177 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by msuwright on 3/15/2015 & rated 88 points: Nose muted; light purple in color. Tastes of sour cherry and leather, followed by muted acidity. Improved slightly over two hours, but not as much as I expected. 13.9% alcohol. Would chalk it up to the phase, but I had a 2008 Domaine Serene a few months ago that blew me away - not sure if this is made of the same stuff. (266 views)
 Tasted by wffinn on 1/28/2015 & rated 89 points: Restrained bouquet, notable sour cherry, early finish. Kept waiting for it to evolve and/or change in character - but did not happen. (687 views)
 Tasted by NickBurwood on 1/25/2015 & rated 89 points: This wine may be showing some bottle variance. Full, focussed and concentrated ripe pinot sour cherry in a frame of rounded velvet tannins. Much better overall than recently noted (and fading) bottles - for no obvious reason.
The "Laurene" of this vintage tasted and noted recently at a Drouhin hosted dinner is still much superior by 2-4 points with potential for improvement. This basic pinot should be drunk up. (568 views)
 Tasted by EvanRose on 11/16/2014 & rated 91 points: Rich, with sweet red cherry and hint of strawberry. Medium finish with a satisfying mouth feel. went perfectly with a chicken with shallot recipe. (1106 views)
 Tasted by NickBurwood on 11/9/2014 & rated 87 points: On the way down.
As per previous note; drink up over the next year at latest while some definition still there. Just starting to become "blowsy".
A tad in the disappointing side given price and reputation. (1115 views)
 Tasted by jmcafee on 10/29/2014: The tannins still need some time to soften, which will make this quite a lovely wine. As per my previous tasting, this will benefit from additional cellaring. Try again 2017-2019. (1153 views)
 Tasted by Kdog on 10/27/2014 & rated 92 points: Very balanced all around, gained a little spice and complexity since my last taste. Thoughtful, well made wine. (966 views)
 Tasted by Ron Felthoven on 10/14/2014: This is really lovely. Showing just a bit too much oak but still quite nice and relatively open. Primary but delicious. This probably has another 3-5 years before it peaks. (1087 views)
 Tasted by EvanRose on 10/10/2014 & rated 89 points: Soft with a modst amount of acid, very soft with hints of raspberry and red cherry. Excellent with a roast chickn and vegetables (705 views)
 Tasted by M.Batard on 10/5/2014 & rated 91 points: Ah! This is getting better, after all. This note relates to the half bottle I poured off into a half-sized decanter, and revisited next day. Raspberry and maybe even strawberry notes on the palate, rather than the tart black cherry I'd noted before. More harmonious, too. Paired with Valley Shepherd cheeses. (720 views)
 Tasted by NickBurwood on 9/2/2014 & rated 88 points: Remains as per previous notes with classic pinot character, if no great profundity. On consideration I think this is for drinking up over the next twelve months while still showing respectably - a tad disappointing when put against initial expectation (and price). (975 views)
 Tasted by chrisanderika on 6/17/2014 & rated 89 points: Excellent but slightly past its prime. Drink up. (1540 views)
 Tasted by M.Batard on 5/9/2014 & rated 90 points: I don't sense this getting better: the black cherry remains, but so does the slightly sour/tart sense. Not lengthening either. (1601 views)
 Tasted by Bottledrainer on 5/3/2014 & rated 92 points: A great Pinot. Sparkling clarity, aroma of cherries, a taste of berries, long lingering finish (1590 views)
 Tasted by NickBurwood on 4/7/2014 & rated 88 points: Starting to open out a year after my previous note, but still lacks real depth of flavour. Still with time on its side however and will try again late on in the year. (1847 views)
 Tasted by chitowncdpguy on 3/12/2014: Delightful. The nose is gorgeous but probably surpasses the taste. Nose of cherry, vanilla, and tea. (Now, my wife says tobacco rather than tea. She pointed out that I never drink tea. I didn't say it, but I've never seen her smoke, so, who's to say?). Same on the palate with some earth flavors also and puckering acidity, but the palate seemed a little light but not in way that I would characterize as delicate. But the finish lingers for quite awhile and is very charming. (1793 views)
 Tasted by EvanRose on 3/1/2014 & rated 89 points: took a while to open up but very nice. Dark red fruit, medium finish, good acidity, tasty with darkn chocolate (1322 views)
 Tasted by jmcafee on 2/26/2014: Intensely acidic. This would cellar well for years to come. (1196 views)
 Tasted by Erik12903 on 2/15/2014 & rated 93 points: One of the first oregon 2008 to open up last couple of years! Good sign! This has sweet black pinot fruit but also earth and smoke and licorice and good freshness, medium body, medium finish. Very much my style of oregon pinot. Balanced. (1327 views)
 Tasted by M.Batard on 2/13/2014 & rated 90 points: Mid-ruby color, medium body. Black cherry and spice. Well balanced and integrated. Just the blend of old world style and new world grape that Oregon promises. Agree this is drinking well now. (1123 views)
 Tasted by Benj on 12/25/2013 & rated 89 points: Nose of aromatic brush smoke, meatiness and sour cherry. Acid is medium plus, tannins are low plus. A little green but otherwise excellent. 13.9% (1416 views)
 Tasted by EvanRose on 12/15/2013: Took some time to open up, but a soft sweet cherry flavor on the tongue with a shotrt finish. Low acidity (1370 views)
 Tasted by Oregon Pinot on 11/2/2013 & rated 91 points: Tasting well (1874 views)
 Tasted by pbard on 9/8/2013 & rated 91 points: Concentrated, balanced. Drinking well now. (2230 views)
 Tasted by gfwetzel on 9/1/2013 & rated 87 points: Ruby red color. Decanted for 60 min before drinking (some sediment). Mineral and hints of red fruit on the palate. Aromas of earth and chalk. (2182 views)
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (6/14/2011)
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By Allen Meadows
Burghound, January 2011, Issue #41
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View From the Cellar, Sep/Oct 2010, Issue #29, In Search of California’s New and Old Schools of Terroir
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Vinous, July/August 2010, IWC Issue #151
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Pinot Noir

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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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