- Reference #:
- 13.5 ABV
- Bottles per Case
- 12 bottles
- Pinot Noir
Drouhin Dundee Hills Pinot Noir 37.5cl 2016
The nose is earthy and brooding to begin with, however with time this wine opens up to reveal spicy strawberry characters. The palate is elegantly poised, with a classical Burgundy like feel to it. This wine does take a little time to come around in the glass but will fully reward anyone with the patience to give this time a chance to express itself. This wine is one of the few Pinot Noir examples outside of Burgundy that manages to capture ‘terroir’ so vividly.
“Brilliant ruby-red. Ripe red berry and rose oil scents pick up notes of cola and allspice as the wine opens up. Fleshy and seamless on the palate, offering bitter cherry and black raspberry flavors enlivened by a spicy element that builds with air. The floral note comes back steadily on the gently tannic finish, which lingers with very good tenacity. Here’s another entry-level 2014 that performs well above its station”.91 points – Vinous Dec 2016
Situated atop the Dundee Hills, between 400′ to 800′ in elevation for more than 25 years. The Drouhin Family has brought a wealth of hard-earned experience to their vineyards in the Willamette Valley, just southwest of Portland, Oregon.
In 1957, Robert Drouhin became the third generation to run the business. He first “discovered” Oregon on a 1961 visit, and then again during the 1979 and ’80 blind tastings in Paris and Burgundy (the latter of which Robert organized) that put Oregon wines on the world map. Robert recognized that it was Oregon, more so than California, whose soils and climate could unlock the complexities and potential of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in the United States.
Robert Drouhin’s vision of an Oregon estate winery that could rival the great vineyards of Burgundy has been realized at DDO. From what began as test plantings of cloned Pinot Noir rootstock, Domaine Drouhin now encompasses 124 acres of hillside vineyards. Interspersed with the Pinot Noir vines are 11 acres of Chardonnay, planted at various elevations and, like in Burgundy, planted right alongside rows of Pinot Noir.