The 2003 vintage growing season was long and dry, culminating in an unusually warm harvest. Most of our estate ripened to perfection within a very narrow window, which necessitated picking the majority of our vineyard between September 26 and 28. Thank goodness we were prepared for the frenzy of activity at the winery, and that preparation shows in the wines.
The 2003 Pinot Noir Laurène has so much in the glass. The color is dark, but still in the family of classic ruby red Pinot Noir. The nose and the palate agree completely, as they both carry deep black fruit, crushed berry and lilac notes, along with the brighter cherry and white pepper I associate with our vineyards here in the Dundee Hills. I find all of the balance and elegance I look for, but with an extra degree of body. The ‘03 Laurène has the structure for at least 10 years of aging but the lush texture that makes me happy to drink it now.