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Oregon Advent: Day 12
Domaine Drouhin Oregon
Dundee Hills Pinot Noir 2012

by Nannette Eaton on December 13, 2014

“I’ve known rivers:
I’ve known rivers ancient as the world and older than the flow of human blood in human veins.
My soul has grown deep like the rivers.”
― Langston Hughes

Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir 2012 3French soul. Oregon soil. It’s the motto of Domaine Drouhin Oregon. The French are cooler than we are. It’s that whole savoir faire, je ne sais quoi action, and we just can’t complete. (Trust us, we Americans have our charms, but the French je ne sais cool is unrivaled.) And in the wine world, it’s no different. The French have been making wine since before the Roman occupation, so a couple millennia anyway, by our count. Wine in the New World didn’t begin until colonization, and even then it was fits and starts and not necessarily stellar winemaking, coupled with the thirteen years of Prohibition that crippled the American wine industry. After the Judgement in Paris in 1976, where California wines were scored higher then French wines, there was a shift in perception. In 1979, there was another tasting in Paris, where Oregon’s Eyrie Vineyard pinot noir attracted attention. The following year in Burgundy, the feat was repeated, with the Eyrie wine coming in a close second to a Joseph Drouhin wine. The nascent Oregon winemaking might not be a fluke, after all. A few years later, Domaine Drouhin Oregon was launched with fourth-generation Véronique Drouhin-Boss the winemaker, with her brother Philippe Drouhin running the vineyard management. And what wines they make. French soul. Oregon soil.

Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir 2012 2

French soul. Oregon soil. True terroir. The Domaine Drouhin Oregon Dundee Hills Pinot Noir is beautifully crafted, and in perfect balance, with with notes of cherries and the tart edge of cranberries and forest floor earthiness. The perfect pairing is Venison Medallions with Morel Mushroom Wine Sauce. The music match, is an American, Nina Simone, who had a French soul, Simone’s cover of “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” is sublime.

The details: 14.1% alcohol. Cork closure. Appellation: Dundee Hills. Varietal: pinot noir. Suggested retail: $45 USD. The wine was provided as an editorial sample for the Oregon Advent project.

Photo credit: EatonAlive ©2014
Styling: Riedel Vinum XL Pinot Noir wine glass (aka “the Oregon Pinot Noir” stem) courtesy of Riedel.

Oregon Advent Posts:
Thank You’s and Credits
How to Create Your Own Wine Advent Calendar
Oregon Advent: Day 1:  Eyrie Vineyards Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2012
Oregon Advent: Day 2:  Fossil & Fawn Pinot Gris 2013
Oregon Advent: Day 3:  Willamette Valley Vineyards Bernau Block Pinot Noir 2012
Oregon Advent: Day 4:  Kramer Vineyards Celebrate! Müeller-Thurgau Sparkling 2013
Oregon Advent: Day 5:  Repeal Day Special Edition: Volstead Vodka
Oregon Advent: Day 6:  Siduri Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir 2012
Oregon Advent: Day 7:  Elk Cove Vineyards Willamette Valley Pinot Gris 2013
Oregon Advent: Day 8:  Cornerstone Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2011
Oregon Advent: Day 9:  Brandborg Oregon Gewurztraminer Umpqua Valley 2012
Oregon Advent: Day 10: Lange Estate Three Hills Cuvée Chardonnay 2013
Oregon Advent: Day 11: Adelsheim Vineyards Elizabeth’s Reserve Pinot Noir 2011
Oregon Advent: Day 12: Domaine Drouhin Oregon Dundee Hills Pinot Noir 2011
Oregon Advent: Day 13:  Argyle Vintage Brut 2011
Oregon Advent: Day 14: Lumos Pinot Noir Temperance Hill 2012
Oregon Advent: Day 15: Cowhorn Spiral 36 2013
Oregon Advent: Day 16: Mouton Noir Oregogne 2012
Oregon Advent: Day 17: Remy Wines Lagrein 2011
Oregon Advent: Day 18: Union Wine Co. Underwood Pinot in a Can