Sunday, June 20, 2010

2005 Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir Willamette Valley

Popped and poured after Father’s Day with Zelda’s family, this showed a gorgeous Burgundian ruby color in the glass.  Let me say that this wine will age for a good 10 years, and will be absolutely gorgeous in that time frame.  Definitely would have benefitted from a 3 plus hour decant, but still nice popped and poured.

Nice Burgundian nose with some rich cherry and raspberry, with absolutely no candied fruit at all.  Super young on the nose, with nice floral notes, black fruits, and hints of cranberry and mocha.  The nose is rounded out with some nice earth tones and a bit of barnyard funk.

On the palate, the cherries are the star here, light, and subdued, and very young.  Again, a 3-4 hour decant would help this wine, but it is still in a nice place popped and poured.  Typical Burgundian style here, and not fruit forward in the least.  Subtle hints of black cherry, spice, and strawberry finish off the palate.  On the finish, the tannins seem nicely integrated, and the alcohol seems to have integrated nicely as well.

All in all, no reason at all to hold these, but I guarantee this wine will get better with another 5 years in the bottle.  Pop and pour, decant 3-5 hours, etc.  It’s a good wine, and from this showing, seems very flexible.  Continued to evolve in the glass over the course of 3 hours, and a great wine!  91 points with 1-3 points possible with some more bottle time.  Cheers!  -F. Scott

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