1996 Domaine Drouhin Pinot Noir "Laurene"
Dundee Hills, Oregon
WB Rating: 87

Alcohol by volume: 13.0%
Price at time of purchase: $0.00 (Library wine)
Type: Pinot Noir / Burgundy
Principal varietal(s): Pinot Noir

A soft, elegant Pinot Noir that was sampled from a magnum generously supplied by a good friend (who is now an even better friend). Not surprisingly for a 15 year old Pinot, the nose emphasized more an earthy/herbal character than the fruit character I generally prefer. In the mouth, though, the Pinot fruit showed through nicely, as did a classy feeling of balance and structure. A silky, harmonious, still flavorful Pinot that to my taste had just begun to lose its fruit and was just a smidge past its peak. - HK 2011-03-07


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