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.
2010 is a spectacular Oregon vintage, reaffirming the magic of Pinot Noir grown in a cool climate. The harvest was the second latest on record in the Dundee Hills, and though we wrung our hands until the last minute, we were rewarded with outstanding fruit. The wines have a fresh, inspiring character that defines the Pinot Noir that we hope to make every year.
"The 2010 Laurène is a very pure expression of our estate, with clear notes of cherry, black cherry and red fruits. On the palate, I find great depth and freshness, traits more commonly used to describe Burgundy, but very present here. The finish is long and graceful, and I love the harmony, balance and complexity. Though enjoyable now, this is very much a vin de garde - a wine to hold for the long term. I expect that you will be able to cellar the 2010 Laurène for the next 10 years, but 15 years wouldn't be a surprise at all.”