Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Louise 2006

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I find the 2006 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley very easy to love. It is pretty and charming and graceful, like the 2004, but with a slightly more masculine character. On the nose, the wine is full of bright cherry and intense small red berry notes, with a hint of spice. The mouth feel is lush and round, and very balanced, as is the elegant, long finish. It is a wine to enjoy now, or any time over the next 6-12 years.

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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 ... 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

Member Reviews for Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Louise

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Snooth User: John Andrews
361063,418
3.50 5
07/31/2008

Very much Burgundian in style which reflects the wineries owners. Needed time to open up. Initial taste had some tang or zest to it. Not sure if I have the right description here. However, when it did open up it had a very elegant style. It is very much Oregon with some French style. Floral with red fruit on the nose. Red cherry with a big of earthiness in the taste.


Snooth User: zufrieden
2593863,906
4.00 5
03/06/2011

This beautifully structured New World Pinot Noir with obvious French panache looks all Cotes de Nuits in the glass; then comes the strawberry-biscuit on the nose. The entry brings more strawberry and cherry preserve with silky tannins that suggest up to 4 more years of possible bottle aging - though the wine is wonderful to the tongue now. Only the most reputable properties in Burgundy are going to surpass this experience so spend your 40-50 dollars with a clear conscience. Well done.


Snooth User: John Andrews
361063,418
4.00 5
03/28/2009

This wine has improved with age ... the earthiness really shows through. Nose had earth, moss, a bit of tar and hints of red fruit. Smooth wine with good mouth feel. Medium finish with earthy cherry flavors.


Snooth User: fthead9
28066369
4.00 5
12/25/2009

On the heavier side of Pinot, strong cherry fruit but with a hearty base to it.

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Snooth User: tofubomb
373248153
3.50 5
04/14/2010

a classic go-to willamette pinot; relatively easy to find and always delicious.


Snooth User: SusieJ
4498969
4.00 5
04/05/2009

cinnamon, touch of cloves, fruity, touch of wood; chosen to stand up to southwestern fare


Snooth User: itsonlymoney
11184130
4.50 5
11/27/2009

Opened this for Thanksgiving and glad we did. Smelled like rain-soaked Oregon loam. Spicy cherry flavor lingered in the mouth long after swallowed. I'm sure it will age well.


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01/29/2009

The Drouhin Family, famous for their Burgundies, is producing delicious wines domestically. Stylish, supple, polished and generous, with spicy, mineral-scented cherry and raspberry flavors. Balanced, with lively acidity, lingering on the firm finish



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I find the 2006 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley very easy to love. It is pretty and charming and graceful, like the 2004, but with a slightly more masculine character. On the nose, the wine is full of bright cherry and intense small red berry notes, with a hint of spice. The mouth feel is lush and round, and very balanced, as is the elegant, long finish. It is a wine to enjoy now, or any time over the next 6-12 years.

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