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 describing the vintage character, words like beautiful and exuberant come to mind. Not shy, but balanced and energetic, these are wines that will be delicious young and will certainly age very well. We saw bud break in mid-April, a warmer than average spring led into an even, dry and often hot summer. Harvest began in mid-September under clear skies, which continued for a remarkable four straight weeks. In general, the fruit was ripe, exceptionally clean, and abundant.
The rich and lively nose is filled with aromas of pretty red fruit, baking spices, orange peel and velvety flower petals. Round on the palate with rustic tannins, flavors of red currant and deep cherry evolve after time. The long and supple finish is spicy and long. Generous in its youth, our 2014 Laurène will mature with elegance and depth.