Winemaker Veronique Drouhin offers a taste of heaven in a glass at Domaine Drouhin Oregon (DDO). I have no other words to adequately describe the rich, velvety 2004 DDO Pinot Noir Laurene, which was released in September to rave reviews of “elegant,” “seductive” and “suave.” This sophisticated wine is drinkable now and anytime over the next 8-12 years. This is a special wine to savor on a very special occasion.
Since DDO’s first vintage in 1988, Veronique has handcrafted every drop of wine at Domaine Drouhin Oregon. The goal of the winery is to create a unique Oregon Pinot Noir that is true to the classic Burgundian Pinot Noir. The story of the Drouhin family’s decision to create Pinot Noir in Oregon is fascinating–do take some time to read it on their Web site.
I have no idea why we didn’t visit Domaine Drouhin Oregon when we lived in Portland in 1997-1999. But I’m very glad that my colleague Michelle pointed us in that direction when we visited the area in early December. Thanks, Michelle! Merci!