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Lunch with Laurent Drouhin

As you may know, Pinot Noir has gained the reputation that it so
justifiably deserves, and has been one of the new crazes in the wine world
the past couple of years. I really don't know why it took so long for this
varietal to catch on. One of the most difficult grapes to grow, very
finicky, bruises easily, thin skinned, prefers to live in a very special
temperature climate. (Now don't we all have a favorite climate that makes us
feel more lively) Therefore, great Pinot's may be hard to track down
depending on flavor preferences and styles. Personally, Pinot has always
been at the top in my book. If you are looking for elegance, softness,
finesse, a wine that does not lay heavy on the palate, but makes your palate
thirst for more, try a Pinot Noir that was given a lot of attention and
tender loving care while being raised.

I had the pleasure of having lunch with Laurent Drouhin in August from
Domaine Drouhin Oregon (DDO), and Maison Joseph Drouhin (Burgundy). Laurent
is from 4 generations of  families and very proud of his heritage. In 2010
Drouhin will be celebrating its 40 year anniversary. Laurents's brother
Philippe is in charge of Domaine Drouhin's viticulture and is highly
regarded for his work both in Burgundy and Oregon. Laurent's sister
Veronique over sees Domaine Drouhin in Oregon, and this is a wine we most
recently had a wonderful comment about from one of our patrons as the best
Pinot Noir they ever had. Domaine Drouhin Pinot Noir from the Willamette
Valley, Dundee Hills of Oregon was established in 1987 and Veronique Drouhin
is the winemaker. They have 82 vineyard acres of Pinot Noir and 12 vineyard
acres of Chardonnay. We offer this Pinot Noir by the glass at $21.25, $89.00
bottle. If you ever have the opportunity to visit this amazing property,
don't miss it. I will be commenting in some future blogs about my trip to
IPNC (International Pinot Noir Celebration) and
PNC (Pinot Noir Camp).

Tasting Notes:
Medium ruby color with a bouquet of wood smoke, spice box, cherry,
raspberry, exhibits excellence balance with a silky textured long finish.
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