2008 Domaine Drouhin Pinot Noir Laurene Estate

Year: 2008
Appellation: Willamette Valley
Country: USA - Oregon
Wine Spectator: 91
Wine Advocate: 92
Vinous Media: 93
Burghound: 92
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"Floral, minty overtones add depth to the rich cherry and tobacco flavors in this medium-weight, focused and distinctive wine. The finish lingers appealingly. Drink now through 2018." (WS)

"The 2008 Pinot Noir Laurene Estate spent 13-15 months in 25% new oak. It offers a splendid nose of smoke, spice box, floral notes, black cherry, and black raspberry. Medium-bodied on the palate, it has enough structure to evolve for 2-3 years, precise balance, a velvety texture, and an elegant personality. Drink this lengthy effort from 2013 to 2023. " (WA)

"($65) Deep red. Captivating, highly perfumed aromas of raspberry, pepper, Asian spices, cocoa powder and rose; brighter and more precise than the regular bottling. Then juicy and penetrating in the mouth, with brilliantly fresh raspberry and wild strawberry flavors that stain the palate. Finishes tangy and long, with a whiplash of mineral-accented red fruits and flowers. This one really calls for a decade of aging, even if there's plenty to like now. Aged in 30% new oak." (IWC)

"Initially there is a noticeable touch of reduction though it quickly blows off to reveal very pretty and solidly complex aromas of blue and red pinot fruit that is cut with spice and violet notes. The delicious, round and delineated flavors possess good depth and excellent length as well as just a touch of finishing austerity that is really quite appealing. A lovely effort of class and grace that should age well." (BH)

Winery Notes:
The 2008 Laurène has a very long ageing curve ahead of it. Deep and complex, with excellent weight, firm structure, and real intensity, the 08 Laurène needs a lot of air in the glass, or time in your cellar. You can enjoy it now, but I recommend at least 30 minutes in the decanter to reveal the layers of smoke, earth, orange peel and white pepper. After even more time, a mix of red and black fruits come forward: black cherry, cassis, rhubarb and currant. The dark fruits, black cherries and spices reminds of the 2005 Laurène, as do the aromatics and richness. The finish is very long, all of which points to a very long life. —Véronique Drouhin-Boss, September 2011