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2014 Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir Laurène

Pinot Noir

  • USA
  • Oregon
  • Willamette Valley
  • Dundee Hills

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Community Tasting Note

  • jmcafee Likes this wine:

    November 22, 2020 - I don't think I liked this as well as my last tasting 18 mo ago. The fruit has diminished and the tannins are still rough but fortunately mild. It was a disappointment. Previously I had hopes that it would benefit from further aging at least through 2021-24, but I'm less hopeful now.



  • oldwines commented:

    11/22/20, 7:55 PM - Patience is all that’s needed...just in a “shut-down/asleep” phase at this point in its development. Give it until after its 10th birthday and I think you will be happier. Remember this is made by a Burgundian producer and needs the aging. In my experience Pinot’s like this are often closed down from 5-9 years old or so, then re-open for business thereafter. Good Luck!


    “oldwines” aka Dave

  • jmcafee commented:

    11/22/20, 8:50 PM - Thank you Dave for your comments, which I do appreciate.

    I have consumed 55 bottles of Laurene since 2003, so I have some historical background to provide context to the expectations.

    While I typically let Laurene age for 7-10 years, I do sample along the way to gauge the progress. Maybe this was an aberrant bottle. I have seen significant swings, good and bad; 2007 was the most dramatic and unexpected.

  • oldwines commented:

    11/23/20, 4:04 PM - Thanks for adding your experience...Perhaps an off bottle but I plan to wait on mine for its 10th birthday or later. I hope you are not correct overall on this vintage! I tend to wait 10-15 years on the Drouhin 1er Cru’s...which I think this is roughly comparable to...


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