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2011 Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir

  • USA
  • Oregon
  • Willamette Valley
  • Dundee Hills

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Community Tasting Note

  • jmcafee wrote: 87 points

    March 16, 2013 - Pleasant to drink now, but this will not improve much with age. Structurally it is a lightweight. Drink now through 2016. Tasted twice with similar results.



  • Oregonnative commented:

    3/21/13, 10:24 PM - How can you tell a wine won't improve with age? I'm new to wine tasting.

  • jmcafee commented:

    3/21/13, 11:49 PM - Re: how do I know it wont improve with age?

    Understand that wine aging is nothing more than a prolonged chemical reaction. The outcome depends on the core ingredients in the milieu. If the ingredients lack balance, or are simple, or are rather weak in their expression, there is a good chance that any of these will limit the potential for the wine to positively change or improve character over time. A wine that doesn't improve with age doesn't mean the wine is not good -- to the contrary!

    Your sense of what wines are age-worthy are based learning about the composition of wine, followed by a prolonged tasting experience that includes keeping tasting notes, then back testing those predictions referencing the tasting notes. Historically I've been pretty good and I'm confident of my judgement (though I do make mistakes). What works for my palate may be different for someone else.

    Invest in 3-6 bottles of a given wine, drink one every few years, and keep notes on what you taste at each point. You will begin to appreciate how a wine changes -- for better or worse.

  • Rktekt3 commented:

    9/17/14, 7:20 PM - I agree that this will not improve with age, but it wont get any worse either.

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