Domaine Drouhin Pinot Noir 2010
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Wine EnthusiastOpen and immediately accessible, this is fragrant and gently floral, with clearly defined varietal character. It opens beautifully into an elegant, aromatic and crisply structured wine, with excellent length.
Wine AdvocateIn typically French (and confusing) fashion, the Domaine Drouhin wine labeled simply as 2010 Pinot Noir (and labeled for the A.V.A. "Willamette Valley") is always referred to by their staff, including on price lists, as "classique," even though any of us who encounter a bottle without further context would never know this! (So why not just print the word "classique" on the label?) Clear, clean, bright, fresh red currant and sour cherry supply the sappy fruit fundament for this polished and downright refreshing Pinot with subtle suggestions of beef marrow supplying a satisfying undertone. While it offers little complexity or nuance, this bottling proclaims the basic fortes of its vintage, and supplies persistence - replete with the tang and crunch of berry skin and seeds - bound to welcome the next sip. I would plan on following it for up to half a dozen years, though, because it might well become more interesting while retaining its basic sensual appeal. (Incidentally, this wine will from 2011 be labeled with the Dundee Hills appellation that has long been utilized on the rest of Domaine Drouhin's wines; although - to me inexplicably and foolishly from a branding standpoint - like many wineries, they follow the practice of dropping the name "Willamette" when using the more specific A.V.A.)
Wine SpectatorFresh and tangy, displaying juicy cherry and herb tea flavors that mingle nicely and linger on the deft finish. Drink now through 2016.