Pinot Noir Cuvée Louise Drouhin. Our estate vineyards here in the Dundee Hills continue to surprise and delight us with the tremendous possibilities they offer. Our Cuvée Louise, named for Véronique’s youngest child, is possible because Véronique has the chance to present something new and quite different from our Pinot Noir Laurène and Willamette Valley bottlings. In 2004, our estate vineyards gave Véronique an abundance of beautiful fruit with which to work. Once through fermentation, she nurtured ten barrels that had developed into something even more special. After 15 months in barrel, the wine was ready. And this is Louise.
The 2004 Vintage is justifiably considered classic for Oregon Pinot Noir. The growing season was gorgeous, marked by warm weather and occasionally intense heat. The Dundee Hills famed cool evenings kept fruit development balanced and harmonious. In September, worries about rain proved unfounded and in the end, harvest finished under near-perfect conditions.
Véronique’s Tasting Notes: At its core, the color is classic ruby red entwined with hues of violet. Bright and inviting, the 2004 Louise comes alive in the glass offering a perfume of candied cherries and orange peel infused with hints of carnation and rose petal. Behind the lovely first layer of crushed red and blue fruits, I find traces of clove, white pepper and violets. The charm of the Louise lies in the harmony of its rich balanced texture with fine, silky tannins leading into a very long finish, suggesting incredible longevity. Elegant upon opening, you may enjoy the Louise young, though a decade in the cellar is encouraged. Santé! --Véronique Drouhin-Boss – March 2007 189 cases bottled in late January 2006