All of our Pinot Noir is handpicked into 25-pound totes, then hand sorted & de-stemmed at our four-level gravity flow winery. Fermentations are long & careful. By the middle of November, all of our wine was safely in barrel. We use approximately 20% new oak with our Pinot Noir, which allows the character of the wine & vintage to show through. Barrels are custom made for us in Burgundy, using oak from France's best forests. Our goal is to produce Pinot Noirs with balance, elegance & finesse.
2007 will long be remembered for the lovely, graceful growing season that led up to a rather stressful harvest. Robert, Véronique and Philippe Drouhin literally spent three October weeks in a high-stakes chess match with the vineyards. In the end, a year's worth of superb viticulture and a month of microscopic attention to detail allowed for a very successful vintage. It's been easier before and since, but vignerons live for the challenge.
The 2007 Pinot Noir triangulates beautiful fruit, beautiful structure and beautiful balance. According to Véronique Drouhin-Boss, "the joy of Pinot Noir is exceptionally clear in this vintage. In tasting the wine, I remember how strong the vineyards were at harvest, how we picked, block by block, how delighted my father and I were by the fermentations. This is a wine that will age for at least 5-8 years, and almost certainly longer, but I love it now, too.” On the palate, the wine shows classic Dundee Hills character, with loads of spice and red fruits. Despite the Willamette Valley designation, the wine consists of nearly 95% estate fruit, and the Drouhin Family Estate's consistent show of mid-palate concentration and silky texture is deliciously evident. Véronique Drouhin-Boss ~ January 2009