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Pinot Noir Laurène
Winemaking

Named after Véronique Drouhin's elder daughter, Laurène is our flagship wine, and is produced entirely from Pinot Noir grown on the family's estate in the Dundee Hills. All of the fruit is handpicked into small totes, destemmed, fermented with indigenous yeasts, and then placed into barrels (French oak, never more than 20% new). Once the vintage is safely in the cellar, Véronique begins the process of selecting barrels which have an extra complexity, length and depth — barrels which will work together as Laurène. In recent years, Laurène has been named one of the "Great Wines of America” by Paul Lukacs in his book of the same name and "perennially one of Oregon's best wines” by Portland Monthly Magazine (Sept. 2009). In 2008, celebrated writer Matt Kramer presented Laurène in his Wine Spectator seminar, "21st Century Pinot Noir Greatness.”

Vintage

In the Dundee Hills, 2009 will be remembered as an exceptionally long growing season that ended in a relatively relaxed, even harvest. The accumulated heat throughout the season, in addition to a September heat spike, yielded wines with full fruit character - powerful, but balanced. Much like 2004 and 2006, these are wines that have an immediate charm but will age gracefully. Harvested: September 24th - October 10th Bottled: January 2011 Released: October 2012 Production: 5,400 six-packs

Tasting notes

Dark and vibrant in color, the 2009 Laurène is a classic expression of our Dundee Hills Pinot Noir. The aromatics are vibrant, and consist of sweet red fruit, cherry, cola nut, and a hint of toast. The mouth weight is a balance between the plush palate feel, soft, well-integrated tannins and a nice mineral lift. The fresh red fruit flavors of cherry and cranberry mix easily with a touch of vanilla and smoke. The finish is long and silky, as one expects from Laurène. All in all, the 2009 Laurène is a wine of pleasure and elegance, a nice representation of the Drouhin style in a warmer vintage. Easy to love and approachable now, you can certainly cellar this beautiful wine for another 8 to 12 years. —Véronique Drouhin-Boss, September 2012

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