Domaine Drouhin Laurene Dundee Hills Pinot Noir Oregon 2016 Rated 97JS

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James Suckling Review
Rated 97
There's a savory stance here that sets it apart from the regular Dundee Hills bottling. Earthy and spicy forest-wood aromas sit across ripe red cherries and fresh red flowers. The palate has a long, smooth and elegant core of red cherries. Very svelte and composed. This is beautifully regal pinot. Drink or hold.

VinoUS Media Review
Rated 94
Deep, glistening red. Vibrant black raspberry, cherry liqueur and rose oil scents, along with hints of dusty minerals, mocha and baking spices. Juicy, seamless and energetic on the palate, offering appealingly sweet dark berry and floral pastille flavors that fan out steadily and turn spicier with air. Smooth, even tannins lend shape to the impressively persistent finish, which shows strong, floral- and spice-driven tenacity. (Josh Raynolds)

Wine Enthusiast Review
Rated 93
This is a smoky, silky wine loaded with ripe and juicy blackberry fruit. The percentage of new oak is not disclosed, but there's just the right amount of barrel toast evident in the nose and the flavor. Lovely already, this should age nicely over the next decade.

Wine Advocate Review
Rated 92+
The 2016 Pinot Noir Laurene is pale to medium ruby-purple with aromas of Earl Grey tea leaves and orange peel over a core of black cherries, black licorice and potpourri. Light to medium-bodied, it fills the mouth with fresh black fruits and spicy suggestions, framed by very fine, grainy tannins and packed with juicy acidity, finishing long with warm black fruit. Drink now-2024.

Wine Spectator Review
Rated 92
Vibrant and sleekly complex, with layered raspberry and cherry flavors, accented by orange-tinged tea, bay leaf and spice notes that build tension toward polished tannins. Drink now through 2025.

Wine Tasting Notes
The trademark of the vintage is its precision, the purity of flavor, clearly layered across the palate. The texture is very fine, and the flavors are a burst of fresh red fruits, in contrast to the darker fruits of recent vintages. As I hope for, the finish is very long, and I expect that we can all enjoy the Laurene for at least 10 years or more!

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