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.
2017 began with record snow and rain. As a result, bud break didn't begin until the third week of April and spring itself was cool and wet. Summer temperatures were largely warm, which led to vigorous crop thinning. By late August, moderate weather allowed the fruit maturation to slow and the remaining clusters ripened at a more balanced rate. Finally, by the middle of September temperatures were perfect. Over the course of nearly three weeks, we were able to harvest individual parcels at optimal ripeness. Though something of a rollercoaster, in the end 2017 gave us beautifully balanced fruit with delightful flavors, elegant tannins and lovely length.
Our 2017 Dundee Hills offers a fragrant nose of bright black cherries, berry bramble, orange peel, golden brown spices and a touch of sweet oak. Layered behind are notes of red berries and rhubarb. Flavors of red plum, boysenberry and cassis mingle with a savory trio of white pepper, forest floor and sassafras. Elusive and elegant, this wine is wonderful now but I think will be in a perfect place with 5 - 12 years of cellaring.