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 Vintage2008 Label 1 of 13 
TypeRed
ProducerDomaine Drouhin Oregon (web)
VarietyPinot Noir
DesignationLaurène
Vineyardn/a
CountryUSA
RegionOregon
SubRegionWillamette Valley
AppellationDundee Hills
UPC Code(s)012086880414

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2014 and 2019 (based on 21 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 91 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 67 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by jdinkin1 on 4/15/2015 & rated 94 points: Delicious. Could go couple more years but drinking great now (719 views)
 Tasted by Slics on 3/19/2015: Lovely nose of dark cherry, plum and sweet oak, medium bodied and well balanced. Quite enjoyable. Very Cote de Nuits. (980 views)
 Tasted by pinothoarder on 2/16/2015: Popped-n-poured and drank over 6 hours. Didn’t rate this since I feel like it is a little closed down now; much like its geographic cousin, the 2008 White Rose, Whole Cluster. It’s currently drinking at about a 89, but my gut feeling is that it will probably rebound into something closer to a 94 point, near “classic” PN in a few years. Black berry fruit and cinnamon baking spices on the nose which is consistent with the area. Rich, fuller-bodied style that is sure to stand up to some additional time in the cellar. Hold at least until 2017. (1194 views)
 Tasted by Racer117 on 12/16/2014 & rated 91 points: Who knew that Willamette Valley was geographically centered between Sonoma Coast and Burgundy??!!

This had red ripe fruits ala Sonoma/RRV Pinot Noir but it opened with an exotic perfumed note I've only run across in a Burgundian Pinot. Medium bodied, satisfying, and bold. I like this wine. Dangerously easy drinking. (1798 views)
 Tasted by ewsds on 12/3/2014 & rated 89 points: This one still need more time or a lot of air to smooth out. Good flavor, somewhat obstructed by a fair amount of structural elements that keep the fruit from shining through. Mostly red fruits, with lots of acidity and modest tannins. Good, but also somewhat disappointing at the same time. (1678 views)
 Tasted by NickBurwood on 11/26/2014 & rated 91 points: Spectator Winemaker's Dinner with Véronique Drouhin-Boss at Home House, Portman Square. Limited note taking.
À pointe. Warm concentrated mellow pinot fruit, hint of strappy leather, balanced by firm integrated tannins and well judged acidity. Very long.
Excellent now and over the next 2-3 years. (1379 views)
 Tasted by mwneil on 11/25/2014 & rated 92 points: Great bouquet; wow initial taste and then lots of flavor with a long finish; not a fruit bomb but good fruit with lots of terroir;a really good wine;it is expensive but drank it for my birthday; will drink again. (1272 views)
 Tasted by johnh1001 on 9/15/2014 & rated 92 points: Very nice red fruit, spice and a touch of earth. Very elegant and complete in the mouth. More rounded than the Shea. Really enjoyed the delicate spice notes. (2012 views)
 Tasted by Bottledrainer on 9/13/2014: This wine did not age well. It was not tainted, the cork was intact and it had been cellared properly since my purchase but the wine had lost all of its fruit and much of the flavor. Tasted nothing like previous bottles. Unfair for me to enter the 85 points into the mix. (1244 views)
 Tasted by Jbird73 on 6/14/2014: Same notes as before but just didn't feel like waiting to pop open as was grilling salmon and mushrooms and just thought it would work well together... It did! Really nice bottle! (1904 views)
 Tasted by SiR on 5/25/2014 & rated 92 points: 13.9% - Clear, med ruby / clean, med+ intensity - cranberry, raspberry compote, pine forest, some torrefaction notes with a very nice bouquet overall / dry, med+ acidity, med body, med well integrated tannin, med+ intensity in a prolounged finish of ripe berries, very elegant and harmonious. Even better than what I remembered from the tasting at the winery. 92+ (2085 views)
 Tasted by Jbird73 on 5/23/2014 & rated 91 points: Nose starts with oak and then wet forest floor and spice. In the mouth it is red fruit dominant with strawberry and raspberry. The tannins are still somewhat pronounced after popping and pouring but recede after an hour. Really good but I bet even better with another couple of years in bottle. (1884 views)
 Tasted by xuaeinw on 5/14/2014 & rated 93 points: Decanted for an hour. Ready to drink now, but will continue to evolve. Try again in a year. (1711 views)
 Tasted by ucbeau on 4/13/2014: Popped and poured, then re-tasted over the course of 3 hours. Nice bouquet of strawberry and red cherry, anise, baking spice, and oak. On the palate it's still a baby, with a short, compact attack to start things off. Good acidity and good tannins really show themselves and haven't fully integrated. The mid-palate is gorgeous, with ripe red fruit, forest floor, and subtle pine notes. The finish is quite compact and quick, but has a very nice light tapering effect. I think this will be better in 5 years or more. (1832 views)
 Tasted by flaco22 on 2/11/2014 & rated 92 points: Needs a little time to open. Absolutely the best Pinot that I have had. Would to buy again. (1711 views)
 Tasted by g & t on 1/18/2014 & rated 92 points: Initially very tight, needing several hours to blow off the sour-patch-kid-nail-polish-remover. Afterwards with lush cherry and a texture as soft as biting into a ripe plum. A nice dose of Oregon earth. Not bad for a mass-produced Oregon pinot. (1718 views)
 Tasted by 6degreeshealth on 1/5/2014 & rated 93 points: One of my favorites for sure. This wine never ceases to amaze me. Complex fruit with all the right earth. (1906 views)
 Tasted by behm0027 on 10/9/2013 & rated 88 points: Perhaps too young? Nose of cherry, baking spices, cassis, and leather. Dark cherry & other dark fruits, chocolate, and leather on the palate. Subtle smoke/tobacco carries through to the finish. Medium-bodied, lovely mouthfeel. 88 for now, but likely to improve in the next few years. (2933 views)
 Tasted by mwneil on 8/10/2013 & rated 94 points: Wine is drinking very nicely at this time. Excellent balance, wine tastes light but with intense flavor; bottle just seemed to disappear; love this wine. Spicy, fruit, and acid beautifully combined. Drank with rack of loin lamb chops. (3107 views)
 Tasted by chitowncdpguy on 7/26/2013: Opened and poured a glass (and surprise, couldn't leave it alone, but mostly) let it set for an hour before dinner.

This is a stunner, but really should let them rest. My wife and I get fairly different scents on this, and somewhat different tastes. She thought it was floral, and I said it reminded me of Christmas spice. She agreed that maybe there was something reminding her of cinnamon on the nose. Maybe a little smoke too. On opening there was a certain vegetal taste but that wasn't present an hour later. She described the palate as cherry tobacco and I would describe it as red berry fruit but with a lot of rocky minerality. She can agree with the red berry description. Occasionally with hints of both salt and pepper. Slightly tannic. Very long finish. Excellent balance.

Don't want to finish it because I want to keep inhaling from the glass. (2644 views)
 Tasted by kosinski on 10/5/2012: Strawberries and baking spice aromas. Moderately tart black cherry and strawberry jam flavors with a lovely velvety texture. Fairly soft and well integrated tannins. Should be aged but not bad now. (5632 views)
 Tasted by cooberp on 8/12/2012 & rated 88 points: Very green nose of herbs, almost smells of marijuana. Consistent in the mouth, with cranberry fruit and nice acidity. I prefer a bit riper, but this is a solid wine. (5068 views)
 Tasted by "H" on 7/14/2012: Opens for the 2012summer block party in our neighborhood. Beautiful Oregon evening. (5331 views)
 Tasted by VegasOenophile on 5/5/2012 & rated 91 points: Great balance and structure. Lovely combination of spice and fruit.
-Wine Spectator Grand Tour 5/5/12 (4269 views)
 Tasted by gripNsip on 4/26/2012 & rated 89 points: Distinctly Dundee Hills on the nose, sweet dark red fruit, very dark character, baking spices, and this sweet raspberry and barnyard aroma that I love. Weighty palate, dark fruit flavors, some stems, blackberries, like a mouthful of em, but quite tight on the finish, firm tannin and balanced acidity seem to close the finish off. Odd, because last time I tasted this it was far more open. This is not what it was a few months ago, or this is bottle variation. Served as a pop and pour. 89+ (4739 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (9/24/2012)
(Dom Drouhin, Laurène Pinot Noir Oregon Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Richard Hemming
JancisRobinson.com (1/19/2012)
(Dom Drouhin, Cuvée Laurène Pinot Noir Dundee Hills Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (10/28/2011)
(Dom Drouhin, Cuvée Laurène Pinot Noir Dundee Hills Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Allen Meadows
Burghound, January 2011, Issue #41
(Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir - Laurène Villages Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, July/August 2010, IWC Issue #151
(Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir Laurene Dundee Hills) Subscribe to see review text.
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Domaine Drouhin Oregon

Producer website

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.

USA

WineAmerica (National Association of American Wineries) | Free the Grapes!

Oregon

Oregon Wine, Oregon Wineries (Oregon Wine Board)

Willamette Valley

Willamette Valley Wineries Association | Willamette Valley (Oregon Wine Board)

Dundee Hills

Dundee Hills Winegrowers Association website

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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