Our 1988 Classique Pinot Noir was the first wine produced by the Drouhin Family in Oregon. Over two decades later, this cuvée has become a foundational element of many great wine lists and personal cellars. The fruit is harvested entirely from our family's Dundee Hills estate, and the wine is vinified in the Drouhin family style with a focus on elegance, balance and finesse.
Our Pinot Noir is handpicked into 25-pound totes, then hand sorted and de-stemmed at our four level gravity flow winery. Fermentations are long and careful and by November, all of our Pinot is safely in barrel. Our barrels are custom made in Burgundy, using oak from France's best forests, allowing the character of the soil and vintage to show through.
The warm, long growing season of 2015 brought us a second straight harvest of exceptional quality. Looking back, a warmer than average winter led to an early budbreak and nearly six months of charmed growing conditions. Just before harvest, the vineyards were able to enjoy some needed rain, but the skies were largely clear. Starting on September 9, as temperatures cooled slightly, we picked for nearly three weeks, bringing in exceptionally pristine, healthy fruit. In bottle, 2015 echoes the stunning quality of 2014, but with its own character, intensity and exquisite balance.
Our 2015 Pinot Noir Dundee Hills is a delightful wine, with a generous nose filled with ripe red fruits, crushed berries and spice. Its color is deep and concentrated. Ripe, with incredible structure, the palate is both opulent and restrained. The tannins are very well integrated already, giving this cuvée superb balance and a fine, vibrant character with excellent length. While youthful now, this wine will age well for years, revealing even more elegance and depth."