Domaine Drouhin Oregon, Pinot Noir Dundee Hills 2019
About the Wine: 2019 Dundee Hills Estate Pinot Noir is beautifully concentrated with a complex bouquet. Restrained notes of redcurrant compote and tobacco transition to youthful spice and bramble. Texturally very pleasing with an appealing influence of earthy undertones and a touch of vanilla. The finish is long and elegant. This wine will continue to develop beautifully over the next 8-12 years. About the Producer: The Drouhin Family's winemaking roots run deep and all the way back to Burgundy's best vineyards more than a century ago, when Joseph Drouhin moved from Chablis to Beaune and founded Maison Joseph Drouhin in 1880. A decade later, the family selected a plot situated atop the Dundee Hills, between 400' to 800' in elevation. It was purposely chosen for its similarity in climate, latitude and aspect to the legendary vineyards of Burgundy. From what started 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, like in Burgundy, planted right alongside rows of Pinot Noir. Their goal is to craft wines naturally with gentle treatment and minimal manipulation. Technical Info: 96, Wine Advocate | 94, James Suckling | 93, IWR | 93, Wine Spectator | 92, Wine Enthusiast Alcohol :13.9% Harvest Date: 9/20/19-10/7/19 Bottling Date: 12/12/20-1/22/21 Our Pinot Noir is handpicked into 25-pound totes, then hand sorted and de-stemmed in our four-level gravity flow winery. Fermentations are long and careful and by November, all of our Pinot is safely in barrel. Our barrels are custom made in Burgundy, using oak from France’s best forests, allowing the character of the soil and vintage to show through. In 2019 we saw a return to the classic, ever changing Oregon growing season. Winter started out relatively mild, but gradually became largely cold and wet. Spring was warmer but also wet, and despite some mild frosts in April, there were also warmer than average temperatures. Through the summer, there were fewer heat spikes, and then cooler skies for harvest.