Old World comes to the New World. Over the years, a lot has been made of the fact that Oregon and the Burgundy region of France share the same latitude: 45 degrees North. For the past quarter century, there has been another connection. The Drouhin family–who have been making wine in Burgundy for over a century–have also been making wine on their estate in the Willamette Valley. As in France, Pinot is their passion, but that’s not the only grape on the vines in Oregon.
Domaine Drouhin Oregon (DDO) Chardonnay Arthur 2014 showcases what ideal weather and artful wine making can produce. Arthur shows wonderful body and a rich, full mouthfeel. And yes, there is that clean crisp acidity that you might expect from a classy French white. 35.00
Domaine Drouhin’s 2015 Cloudline Pinot Noir is a deal at about 18.00. And while the price looks like entry-level OR Pinot, this one can play with the big boys. Rich dark berry aromas and flavors carry through nicely to the finish. “Welcome to Oregon!” as DDO says of Cloudline. 18.00
2014 Roserock Pinot Noir from DDO was sourced from estate blocks in the Eola-Amity Hills part of the Willamette Valley. Look for spicy aromas and intense dark fruit flavors. Roserock shows the kind of balance and depth of character that should keep this handsome wine drinking well for years to come. 35.00
Domaine Drouhin Dundee Hills 2014 Pinot Noir: You’ve got to wonder just how jealous the cousins back in Burgundy might be of this cheeky American Pinot. A classic marriage of aromas and flavors and aged in top quality oak barrels from the old country, Dundee Hills is an impressive cool climate pinot noir with complex layers of fruit and spice. 45.00