Laurene (the name of Veronique's daughter) is a wine made at Domaine Drouhin in Oregon from selected parcels. The intent here is to show another aspect of DDO: a wine having the same quality as its brother, but meant for longer aging. The production of Laurene is limited to 1,700 cases. Hand picked grapes were brought to the winery in small cases of 25 pounds. The fermentation started naturally with its indigenous yeasts in open vats and was conducted in a classical way, punching down the cap and pumping over the juice. The berries were small and the skins thick so that th ratio liquid to solid was in fact very good. At the end of alcoholic fermentation, the wine was showing intense color and excellent tannins. The total maceration was fairly long. As in previous years, the wine was aged in barrels sent from Joseph Drouhin's own inventory. New oak never exceeded 20% so as not to hide the true character of the wine.
Due to a cool spring, bloom was completed in late June. Summer was warm with little rain until mid-August, then no rain at all unitl late October. The harvest started on September 30th and was completed by October 22nd. The grapes, ripe and healthy, were picked in excellent weather conditions.
The DDO Laurene 1993 has a magnificent red color with intense bluish reflections. Superb on the nose, the bouquet is a very nice expression of Pinot Noir with its finesse and remarkable complexity. Very full on the palate, solid and well balanced. The tannins are of great quality - long and persistent in the mouth. As I taste it, I find again the same complex notes of the nose. It should age very well.