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Domaine Drouhin Laurene Pinot Noir 2016

Domaine Drouhin Laurene Pinot Noir 2016

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"Deep, glistening red. Vibrant black raspberry, cherry liqueur and rose oil scents, along with hints of dusty minerals, mocha and baking spices. Juicy, seamless and energetic on the palate, offering appealingly sweet dark berry and floral pastille flavors that fan out steadily and turn spicier with air. Smooth, even tannins lend shape to the impressively persistent finish, which shows strong, floral- and spice-driven tenacity. Drinking window: 2022-2031. 94 points

General Manager David Millman, who has been with DDO since 2004, told me that 2016 was a vintage that played handily into the winery’s style, a harvest that gave “wines that show a lot of fresh fruit upfront but that have the structure to age and gain complexity for a decade or more.” Indeed, the DDO wines are among Willamette Valley’s most ageworthy Pinots. They are made by Veronique Drouhin and Aaron Bell who has been here since 2002 and has served as assistant winemaker since 2009."

Josh Raynolds, Vinous (06/19)