Domaine Drouhin, Willamette Valley, Pinot Noir, Oregon 2020


A superb Pinot Noir made from masters of their art, in a territory that they have helped establish as one of the best zones for Burgundian varietals outside, well, Burgundy.

This is outstanding wine that is in excellent, aged condition, already showing some of the forest floor, bramble notes that mature Pinot exhibits, while offering a bit of the swagger and charm of the New World warmth. This is a delicious wine that has even won-over non-Pinot fans... it's really that good!

With a bright nose of red fruits, cherries, and forest floor, the wine leads to a soft but generous palate, shoeing sweet spices and delicious, integrated oak. The palate is perfectly balanced with ripe fruit flavours, low levels of fine-grained tannins and a long and complex finish.

One can't help wonder at the reasons for Burgundy holding the pricing and market share when we open wines like these. This wine is so fine and elegant yet obviously approachable that the reaction I had to it and others from the excellent Drouhin estate, was to wonder why they had kept the prices as low as they are... However, it's still not exactly being thrown away, but it is at the lower end of the USA and fine Pinot bracket!

The Drouhin family have been farming vines in Oregon since the 1980s, roughly at the same time that they became fully organic in their vineyards in France. The search for vineyards was executed in the same manner in which they seek out vineyards in Burgundy - quality, availability and sustainability.

This wine is made from grapes that they grow in their Willamette valley vines and in each vintage 25% of this wine comes from the famed Rose Rock vineyard. We can't sell that wine, because there isn't enough shipped into the country... This is a premium prodcut made in a manner that is impossible to resist!

Region: Oregon

Country: USA

Grape(s): Pinot Noir

Style: Svelte, Structured, Silky, Round, Profound, Medium Bodied, Elegant, Complex, Broad, Balanced

Best food matches: Steak, Soft Cheeses, Red Meats, Mature Cheeses, Lamb, Hard Cheeses, Fine Dining, Charcuterie

Alcohol: 13.5%

Why buy from us?

When you buy wine from The Allotment Wine Co. you're helping a small Irish company that in turn supports small, sustainable wine producers who grow the grapes and make amazing wines. We only work with partners who share a deep respect and connection with the land and its traditions, witnessed in a firm commitment to quality and sustainability. All of which makes for better wines.

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Patrick H.
Hi, I'm Chris Gifford.

And you're very welcome to The Allotment Wine Co.

When you wine from me, you're supporting a small Irish business which in turn supports small, sustainable wine producers, as well as other small, dedicated Irish wine importers.

When selecting wines, I look for partners who share a deep respect and connection with the land and its traditions, witnessed in a firm commitment to quality and sustainability. All of which makes for better wines.