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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
This a meaty spicy Pinot. Rather brownish crimson. Spice, cherry and game on the nose and palate. Palate is rather smooth and round at this point, with plenty of fruit mixed in with secondary character. Shows some loam and herbal spices on a length finish. Quite nice.
Cherry liquor upon first opening, but a nice and subtle cherry nose after an hour's decant. We bought this and another bottle of brand-type California Pinot for 1/3 the cost; the Drouhin had a slightly smoother texture. 4 of us tasted the two wines side by side and didn't notice much of a difference, both before and after the decant. When told the cost, Rand says, "Definitely not." Tastes only like a good everydayer at $45, perhaps more suited for those who are wealthier than I. 2nd time with this impression.
Decanted for an hour. Closed up nose with a hint of clean cherry. Lean cherry flavour with a hint of herb and slight furriness when really swilled round tongue. Firm acidity. I have always liked these Drouhin Oregon PNs and suspect that this one is going through an awkward unyielding phase. I will leave next bottle a year and see if the genie emerges. Has the structure to improve and achieve the 90+ I would expect. Will report back.
My first '08 DDO from my cellar. Nice fruit, a bit forward but with good acidity and silky tannins supporting the fruit. Still needs some time and I am looking forward to following the evolution of this wine.
An elegant Oregon PN in a darker style, but a questionable value. Darker nose than expected, with earth, spruce forest, and modest black and purple fruit aromas; elegant darker berry fruit, with loads of earth and a touch of vanilla; firm, chewy tannins that dominated the very long finish, with dark fruit at the end. Enjoyed it, but underwhelming for the price. May be my palate, as I prefer the bolder PNs. Agree with WS on this.
PnP w/15 min decant. Clear, med ruby red. Proper Pinot nose. This is more a Burgundy style. Good balance/stucture, med intensity flavor profile/finish. More on the dark fruit spectrum, good acid, soft tannins. Not as fruit forward as many OR Pinots. Nothing off, $35, good value.
Developing nicely! Rounded and smooth berry taste. Cherry and plum are dominant but it has a full dark fruit taste. Starting to become very smooth with a slight tobacco tone. Bouquet is wondrous.....classic Dundee Hills OR Pinot Noir nose .Full heavy berry fruit bouquet.
An ode to structure... Limpid red cherry robe with a silvery meniscus. A very fruity nose, full of ripe black cherry and strawberry with a hint of spice (sage in particular). Mouth filling, delicate but most impressive here is a classic structure with a lingering finish.
2008 was a unique year due to the perfect weather for this grape. This vineyard have crafted a smooth full bodied pinot. Vanilla tones from new oak in the bouquet. It is just starting to smooth out to a single complex fruit structure. Will only improve over the next 4 years
Certainly closed up from last year. Nice of pinot funk and black cherry. Darker fruit profile on the palate, a little hollow, showing fair acidity and some course tannins. Holds a repeating cherry fruit on the finish with a bit of tartness and an earthy element. Seems a little more disjointed than last year and showing more structure. Probably in a odd place as all the elements of a well wine to age are there.
Decanted for close to two hours before tasting. Well, well – this has evolved tremendously since I last had it in February 2011 (granted the decant may have played its part). Whereas my last bottle was pretty thin and austere, this one displayed all the hallmarks of a good quality new world Pinot. Sweet cherries, cola, toffee, vanilla, earth and gentle oak spice on the nose and palate. Smooth texture, good concentration and length. Although I would have liked to see a little less candy and a little more grip, this was still a fine example of the richer, more accessible style often associated with the US and NZ. Thoroughly enjoyable, and at roughly the same price as your average Bourgogne Rouge, I will definitely buy more if I find some.
Wino o dwoch obliczach: 1. po dekantacji: charakter klasycznego pinota z Francji 2. bez dekantacji: wino z charakterem pinota [nuty siersci] ale mocne owocowe akcenty. W kolorze klasyczna purpura i klasyczna struktura PN. Bez dekantacji wino w o cieplych owocowych aromatach i zapachu siersci. Wino o smaku jerzyn z pieprznymi nutami. --- CW Price: 136,78PLN - $42.00
Very clear ruby red colour. Raspberries on the nose. Develops into nicely balanced palate with some spices and a decent concentration. A hint of green and a tad alcohol all the way in the back. This one is something for the cellar. Had a vertical tasting a year ago on this very wine, and it gets better and better with time. This good vintage will probably peak in 10-12 years. (After an hour in a cold room it changed a bit and became a bit more boring. If I should rate it then it would be 85-86. But I suspect it's only the cold.)
Light red color with hint of orange. Very attractive and inviting nose with raspberries, custard, warm soil and leaves. The taste follows in the same direction as the nose with lots of raspberries, good acidity and a balanced finish with medium dryness. Overall complexity could have been better, but all in all a solid PN from Oregon with a serious "delicious factor".
Elegant, a good deal of acid, lighter, medium bodied. Nose of black cherries, strawberry, soy, rubber, mushroom, pine. Nice dry mouthfeel, minerally-driven, some light fruit. Nice crescendo of fruit here, that fades into earthy pebbles..
Old world style Pinot. Nose of strawberries, bright cherries, and black licorice. There is light strawberry and light cherry, with some minerality and herb on the palate. Finish is smooth and fairly lengthy. Fruit is light and needs to be teased out on the tongue.
Another outing of this vintage proved to have different results. Dark fruits, smoke, cocoa, that was a bit tight and very focused, with complexity and length. Subtle, and was a group favorite over an 08 Burgundy. The Burgundy at the same tax bracket had more upfront fruit and pepper, but Drouhin had the the attention and staying power. We had a few bottles over he past few months from the same case, with a fair amount of bottle variation. This one was worth writing home about. The 2008 is refined and needs at least a couple of years to develop. Very Nice.
not quite clear in the glass, ruby red and black barries on the bouquet, although very light and needed a lot of agitation nice acidity and good weight of wine lovely soft tannins and nice level of berry fruit what i liked so much about this wine was that it had allowed the full expression of the grape without trying to be too much like a french burgundy excellent finish which went on and on got this wine at a good price which makes it even better! i liked this
From gifted 125ml. Had slight similarity to Bethel Heights I had last week. Nose had lots of spice notes, with additional ripe strawberries. Palate was much more refined and elegant than Bethel, with racy black raspberries and some darker fruitcake notes. Great acidity and nice balance. Very youthful, would wait to open.
This is showing really well with a few hrs of air. Great nose with a little barnyard, black cherry, mild stem, and spice. Palate is rich, with ripe fruit, earth and spice. Really nice acidity. Lengthy spicy earthy finish. Should improve with time too.
Opened and served right away. Medium red in colour. Youthful nose of raspberries, bright cherries, forest floor and sweet medicinal spice. Medium weight in the mouth but intense flavours of red pinot fruit and spice. It’s long on the finish with great acidity. After being opened for 2 hours it seemed to shut down a tad. This is very enjoyable now and in 3-5+ years will be even better. Very good. 89+
Tasted 5/20/2011 All kind of cherry-berries nose and flavors, cocoa powder and cola. Initial entry is very soft, subtle, almost whimsical. I decanted and tasted over a 4 hour period. For the first two hours I thought this wine was a bit simple. On the third hour this wine started to expand and gain more length. Still, I wasn't blown away at this early and seemingly open stage. I am wondering if there is a subtle and tight knit of complexity hiding that will develop with some time in the bottle? It's definitely a nice wine, and with possible potential for something more. For now, I find an entry level 2008 Joseph Roty "Cuvee De Pressonier" to show more structure.
5th Street Dinner Club "Pinot from around the world" Blind Tasting (Long Beach, CA): Tasted single blind in a flight of six domestic west coast Pinots. Creamy vanilla oak and some dark cherry on the nose. On the palate, smooth and creamy, but slightly unfocused and lacking concentration and balancing acidity. Hollow mid-palate. Long finish primarily vanilla flavor but quite weak. I guessed a Sonoma wine, but was surprised this was Oregon by the flavor profile. My #5, group's #4.
Very nice wine just won't rock your world. Reserve nose and elegant fruit palate. Finish was medium. Not at great qpr. I'm beginning to think the '08 oregon pinots are not for me. I tend to like the bolder representations.
Tried at a restaurant- a bit simple but pleasant when initially poured. Developed some complexity as dinner progressed. Moderately light in style, with clean cherry and cola notes. Medium finish. Nice.
I just bought a bunch of this based on 08 vintage review and my loyalty/preference for Drouhin but this disappointed.
Translucent ruby color - lighter than most years. Subdued nose more so than classic of drouhin. Red and blue fruit well intermingled but background with some oak spice and earth. Medium finish. I opened a bottle the day after it traveled across country - will do another bottle in a month or two as well as decant it with hopes of it coming together.
Tasted immediately after opening (bottle on the cool side). Medium ruby colour. A little restrained on the nose, but showed nice Pinot fruit, oak and minerals. Initially the oak struck me as a bit intrusive, but further exposure to air made the fruit component sweeter and more pronounced. Fairly slender on the palate with a dry and somewhat acidic finish. This wine has potential, but seems a little closed at the moment. I’ll save my remaining bottles for at least a couple of years.
Cedar, dark berries, black cherry, cinnamon, and five-spice on the nose. Palate of cherry, earth, spice, a late-showing of cola and strawberry flavors, late-palate tannins, great duck-cutting acid, and a medium-longish finish. My dad, who normally drinks whites, and hadn't been into pinots for some time, commented that this was a great surprise for him.
A wonderful, light-bodied Pinot Noir. I decanted this on Thanksgiving for about 4 or 5 hours before it really started to open up on the nose and in the palate.
This Pinot has a relatively restrained nose, offering up tart red fruit (cherry, pomegranate), clove and cinnamon, and just a hint of mushroom.
Despite a somewhat restrained nose, this really hits its stride in the mouth. It is quite light in body, but does not lack at all in flavor. Tart pomegranate carries over from the nose, and there is a nice earthiness to it. Great, fine tannins on the midpalate transition to a finish that has a note of butterscotch/vanilla and greenness that is quite pleasant. There are flavors in every nook and cranny of the tongue; quite a wine!
Moderate ruby-red color. Effusive and ripe on the nose with lots of cherry, vanilla, earth and brush. Very ripe, almost lush on the palate; plenty of good fruit and ripe acids but virtually no tannin. Lovely forward Oregon pinot. Drank to accompany ahi poke at Seastar in Bellevue, WA.
The PN from Oregon I have tasted before have been pleasing, light and harmonious, but unimpressive. This wine, however, appeaLs more to me than most PNs whether fron the new or the old world - but then I haven't tasted great Burgundies.... Red berries on the nose, but not the "sweet" strawberries from other Oregon PNs, it's deeper and more earthy. Add some mint and other spices and some "wood" (cedar). Well structured in the mouth, excellent acids, medium body. A long finish with obvious tannins and a pleasing bitterness. A seriuos wine.