Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 1999

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TASTING NOTES: Rather intense red hue. The DDO 99 offers black berry, cherry and fresh herb aromas. Also notes of cof...

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Winemaker's Notes:

TASTING NOTES: 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! CLIMATE & HARVEST: A very dry summer resulted in extremely ripe and dark-colored grapes. We were then blessed with a lovely weather during harvest. WINEMAKING: As usual, the grapes were hand picked into small boxes of 25 pounds (it is hard work for the pickers but important for quality!). After quietly resting for a few days in the fermenters, the alcoholic fermentation started and was conducted in the classical Burgundian method of punching down the cap, pumping over the juice and tasting the wine two to three times each day in order to make the right decisions. The wine was aged in barrels sent from Joseph Drouhin's inventory. New oak content was about 18%. Malolactic fermentation was completed naturally in barrels without inoculation. This year it took some time for the wines to go through the malolactic fermentation. Once it was completed, the barrels were racked off in traditional fashion (by gravity). A selection was made of the cuvées to eliminate those lots that did not meet a desired level of quality.

TASTING NOTES: 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! CLIMATE & HARVEST: A very dry summer resulted in extremely ripe and dark-colored grapes. We were then blessed with a lovely weather during harvest. WINEMAKING: As usual, the grapes were hand picked into small boxes of 25 pounds (it is hard work for the pickers but important for quality!). After quietly resting for a few days in the fermenters, the alcoholic fermentation started and was conducted in the classical Burgundian method of punching down the cap, pumping over the juice and tasting the wine two to three times each day in order to make the right decisions. The wine was aged in barrels sent from Joseph Drouhin's inventory. New oak content was about 18%. Malolactic fermentation was completed naturally in barrels without inoculation. This year it took some time for the wines to go through the malolactic fermentation. Once it was completed, the barrels were racked off in traditional fashion (by gravity). A selection was made of the cuvées to eliminate those lots that did not meet a desired level of quality.

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