This was lovely and one of the best PN's I have had from Oregon in recent memory. The nose reminded me a lot of the 2010 Evening Land La Source PN, with a little less depth. I think this wine will get better with time assuming that it can gain a little weight. Excited to try this again in a few years.
WSET Level 4 Course - WSET School; 9/6/2014-5/23/2015 (WSET School, Bermondsey): Appearance: The wine is Clear with a Medium garnet colour. Borderline of deep garnet Nose: The nose is Clean and Developing, showing Medium intensity primary aromas of red cherry, raspberry, cranberry, strawberry, secondary aromas of toast, smoke, cloves and tertiary aromas of mushroom, earth. Palate: The wine is Dry in the mouth with a Medium(+) level of acidity. It has Medium(-) Ripe/Soft tannins and a Medium(+) Level of alcohol (13.50%). It has Medium body and Medium(+) intensity primary flavours of red cherry, strawberry, raspberry, cranberry, secondary flavours of toast, smoke, cloves and tertiary flavours of mushroom, earth. The finish is Medium(+). Ripe fruit Overall: Good balance between all components. Complex, reasonable length and intensity Conclusion: It is a Very Good quality wine. Can Drink Now but has Potential for Ageing Has structure and concentration to improve with 3-5 years of ageing; Premium priced (£35.00)
Oops, Allen Meadows gives a drinking window for the 2010 Laurene starting 2020 -- I'm a mere 5 years off! That said, this wine is certainly drinking well right now. It helps to put yourself in the context of the Willamette Valley and not Beaune, no matter what the PR folks at Domaine Drouhin will tell you. This pinot is unmistakably American but with more poise and refinement. The fruit is still a tad heavy on the mid-palette with overtones more of wood than earth but overall the wine is well integrated and balanced. This is a much better showing than other recent tastings of Domaine Drouhin wines.
For fun im comparing this to a Jos. Drouhin Beaune 1er cru '09 I recently rated. The Oregon version is more fruit forward and has a nose of tart cherry and a little funk not evident in the French one. However the biggest difference is the finish. In the Oregon bottle tannin is the enduring sensation. In the Burgundian bottle a strong acidity sustains the finish, which is longer than its American frere. For a PN, I prefer acidity to tannin, thus I've scored the French bottle slightly higher. Nevertheless, this is a very good offering. Be sure to give it a little air.
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