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Domaine Drouhin Oregon expanded its reach and offerings starting in March 2016 with the release of the 2014 RoseRock Vineyard Chardonnay ($35) and later entry-level RoseRock Vineyard Pinot Noir ($35) and the pricier, deluxe Pinot Noir cuvée called Zéphirine ($60).
The Drouhin family had acquired Roserock Vineyard in 2013, a 279-acre property at the southern tip of Eola-Amity Hills, with 122 acres of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay including some vines first planted in 2004. Domaine Drouhin Oregon had previously purchased fruit from the estate.
2014 RoseRock Drouhin Roserock Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Oregon Chardonnay
14.1% alc., $33. LIVE certified sustainable vineyard farmed by Philippe Drouhin. Volcanic soils. Whole cluster pressed with equal parts sent to tank and barrel. Once malolactic fermentation was completed, winemaker Veronique Drouhin assembled the two portions into the final cuvée. · Light golden yellow color and clear in the glass. Very shy aromas of wet stones, lemon oil and honeysuckle. Flavorful, with tastes of lemon, caramel and brioche in a fairly simply styled wine with bright acidity and welcome crispness. Score: 87. Reviewed July 9, 2016 ARTICLE »
2014 RoseRock Drouhin Oregon Eola-Amity Hills Oregon Pinot Noir
14.1% alc., $37. First bottling from Domaine Drouhin’s new acquisition, RoseRock Vineyard. This wine is a cuvée selection from the estate vineyard’s 35 blocks that are individually fermented. Vineyard is farmed sustainably by Phillipe Drouhin. Winemaker is Véronique-Boss Drouhin. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Inspiring aromas of black cherry, blueberry, sous-bois and shaved oak. Rather bold and ripely fruited that is reflective of the vintage, with flavors of black cherry and blueberry-pomegranate. Velvety in the mouth with complimentary oak in the background, firm tannins, and a generous, slightly astringent finish. Score: 91. Reviewed October 2, 2016 ARTICLE »