Release Date: September 15, 2007 Each vintage the Laurène bottling captures the best the year has to offer. Picked by hand & lovingly crafted in our 100% gravity-flow winery, this cuvée is a strong representative of the best we can produce in Oregon. In 2004 each barrel displayed incredible complexity with great finesse, making the selection process very difficult as each wine was so lovely. Our Estate vineyard is divided into 32 blocks which are all harvested, tank fermented & barrel aged one year individually. The wines that will ultimately become Laurène reveal themselves in the course of tastings over the year. After this time, the 100 barrels are blended & rest for four months, before being bottled & aged for another 19 to 20 months in bottle before release.
The 2004 Vintage is justifiably considered classic for Oregon Pinot Noir. The growing season was gorgeous, marked by warm weather & occasionally intense heat. Cool evenings kept fruit development balanced & harmonious. In September, worries about rain proved unfounded, leading to a relatively relaxed harvest finished under near-perfect conditions. Yields were abnormally low, but it would be ungenerous to complain, given the very high level of quality.
Bottle: $65 Magnum: $150 Jeroboam: $325 The 2004 Laurène is vibrantly seductive with aromas of fresh cherry & red berry, and a floral mix of cherry blossoms and rose petals. These sensations follow through on the palate, with added clove and spice character. Firm, layered tannins coat the mouth, but the real stars are the rich, velvety touch and well rounded, persistent finish. As the Laurène opens up, hints of blue fruit, cola & fresh undergrowth emerge. Similar to 2001 and ’93 in finesse and sophistication, the ‘04 Laurène is full of life and promised much in the years to come. Enjoy now, and anytime over the next 8-12 years. Véronique Drouhin-Boss ~ March 18, 2007