In complete contrast, the 2005 Pinot Noir "Laurene" has an expressive nose of smoky black cherry and blackberry fruit. On the palate it exhibits the elevated acidity and firm structure typical of the vintage, but also a wide and deep band of succulent of silky, spicy, red and black fruits, excellent balance, and a long, pure finish. Give it 5-7 years in the cellar and drink it through 2027. Domaine Drouhin has been on a roll since the 2002 vintage. Dare I say it, the winery seems to be making better wine in Oregon than they are in France.
Bright red. Pungent cherry, blackcurrant and botanical herbs on the nose. Lush, velvety dark berry flavors show a liqueur-like intensity but are in no way heavy. Supple tannins slowly gain power on the long, sweet finish. Manages to be both powerful and graceful, with excellent finishing lift and cling.
This smoky, exotic pinot has plenty of dark cherry aroma, but it's marked by a deep earthiness, smoky and dark. The flavors have a similar tarry bottom note, the texture sleek and elegant, the finish dusted with unsweetened cocoa. For all its elegance, it feels very youthful, a long way from full expression. For the cellar.
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