Domaine Drouhin Laurene Pinot Noir 2017


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“Shimmering ruby-red. High-pitched red fruit, floral and exotic spice aromas are complemented by suave incense and vanilla flourishes. Sweet, seamless and penetrating on the palate, offering vibrant raspberry, boysenberry, cherry preserve and spicecake flavors that convey a deft blend of power and delicacy. Finishes extremely long and precise, with resonating floral character and well-judged, polished tannins that sneak in late. Drinking window: 2023-2030. 95 points

Veronique Drouhin and her assistant winemaker, Aaron Bell, who has held that position since 2009, crafted a compelling set of Pinot Noirs from 2017 that show this pioneering winery’s signature depth and structure along with distinct energy and harmonious tannins that make them very appealing, even now. These are some of the Willamette Valley’s most ageworthy wines, as bottles from the early 1990s are still proving so there’s never a rush to drink them.”

Josh Raynolds, Vinous (07/20)