2009 Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir Laurène
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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