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Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Louise 1999

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A very dry summer resulted in extremely ripe and dark-colored grapes. We were then blessed with a lovely weather during harvest. Rather intense red hue. The DDO 99 offers black berry, cherry and fresh herb aromas. Also notes of coffee and spices. A rather soft attack then a medium bodied middle palate. Soft on the finish it has an excellent length. I would not confuse this wine with a Pinot Noir from Burgundy (in some vintages it is not always so obvious) but at the same time it reminds me of the lovely, elegant style of a famous estate in the Côte de Nuits. I'll let you guess which one! Véronique Drouhin - September 2001

Region: USA » Oregon » Willamette Valley

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Varietal: Pinot Noir
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Domaine Drouhin:
Domaine Drouhin has been on the viticultural cutting edge in Oregon since our first plantings, and we continue to set the pace. The 90 acres of hillside vineyards that ribbon our 225-acre estate are at the very heart of Domaine Drouhin wines. Philippe Drouhin is in charge of all of the estate vineyards in Oregon & Burgundy & it is his vision & passion that drives our advances &... Read more
Domaine Drouhin has been on the viticultural cutting edge in Oregon since our first plantings, and we continue to set the pace. The 90 acres of hillside vineyards that ribbon our 225-acre estate are at the very heart of Domaine Drouhin wines. Philippe Drouhin is in charge of all of the estate vineyards in Oregon & Burgundy & it is his vision & passion that drives our advances & improvements in winegrowing year after year. Situated atop the Dundee Hills, between 400 and 800 feet in elevation, our site was selected for its remarkable similarity in climate, latitude and aspect to the legendary vineyards of Burgundy. DDO places more emphasis on viticulture than most producers in America. Our vines are perhaps the most densely-planted in the New World, with an average of 3,300 plants to the acre. We are also one of the few vineyards in the country to cultivate our own rootstocks and propagate all of our own plant materials. This allows us to further our vineyards with site specific rootstocks and plants. Read less

A very dry summer resulted in extremely ripe and dark-colored grapes. We were then blessed with a lovely weather during harvest. Rather intense red hue. The DDO 99 offers black berry, cherry and fresh herb aromas. Also notes of coffee and spices. A rather soft attack then a medium bodied middle palate. Soft on the finish it has an excellent length. I would not confuse this wine with a Pinot Noir from Burgundy (in some vintages it is not always so obvious) but at the same time it reminds me of the lovely, elegant style of a famous estate in the Côte de Nuits. I'll let you guess which one! Véronique Drouhin - September 2001

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