2007 Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Vintage: 2007
Producer: Domaine Drouhin Oregon
Variety: Pinot Noir
Designation: N/A
Region: USA
Sub-region: Oregon, Willamette Valley
ABV: 13.9%
Price: $59 (EW), $50 (BC LDB)

He says: Anytime we review a wine over $50, it gets very quiet around the Winecouver household. Fifty dollars is a lot of money. In wine terms, you could easily buy two good/great bottles of wine in place of an expensive mistake. Well, oops, we did it again, we bought a mistake. Dilute, timid, closed, frigid – all words I’d use to describe this Pinot, which is unacceptable when spending over $50. Alas, as the Russian wine writer Alexis Lichine once said, “throw away the vintage charts and invest in a corkscrew. The best way to learn about wine is the drinking.” It was a bad year for Oregon, hit by heavy rains at harvest, and yes, 2007 Oregonian Pinot Noir is an expensive lesson we won’t soon forget.

She says: My love affair with Oregon Pinot Noir was brought back down to reality with this tasting; the vintage of 2007 brought me back down with a thud. Whilst it is still relatively young, this wine lacked the elegance, depth and complexity that my love for Oregon wine was built on. With high expectations this rather simple palate failed to deliver.

Tasting note

Looks like: Clear, med- ruby
Smells like: Youthful, med intensity, cherry, strawberry, raspberry, green stalks
Tastes like: Dry, med acid, med- body, med- intensity, low tannins, med- alcohol, cherry, strawberry, raspberry, hint of spice, med+ length
Summary: Acceptable, Ready to drink/Drink now

4 comments to 2007 Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir

  • Marcus Aurelius

    I agree with you on this one. I have had this wine a few times at tastings, and have not been impressed. I’m not sure if the poor vintage alone can be blamed for the quality of this wine. In the +$50 bottle range, it may be better to stick with Cristom, Ken Wright and Argyle for Oregon Pinot Noir.

  • Though I would never proclaim myself to be a wine critic, I am puzzled by your review of this wine. I will note in this comment for the sake of transparency that I represent this winery and its wines in the province of British Columbia.

    Interestingly, this wine was shown at a recent Oregon wines event in Vancouver and was popularly considered to be amongst the top wines of the day according to many who tasted it. Personally having tasted three different bottles that day, including privately over dinner with a top wine critic, it showed very well indeed. In my opinion, this wine is a spectacular representation of how a Burgundian house’s expertise in cooler vintages can remedy otherwise daunting winemaking conditions. Furthermore, the 2007 vintage of this wine has been enjoyed, it would seem – some very much taken by it – by most of the world’s most notable critics, including an exceptionally positive recent review by Jancis Robinson and a 90 point score in the Wine Advocate.

    Of course we cannot rest our laurels on a handful of international critics. Procuring an exceptional culture of food and wine in this city means encouraging each and every voice that wishes to speak to do so. And furthermore, certainly not every wine can be top drawer, given five stars, 90 points or what have you. Indeed, without a doubt everyone’s entitled to their opinions. It is possible, given the divide between this review and the others I’ve mentioned, that there is an issue with certain bottles – whether it be cork taint, sulphur, oxidization or brett. I would add that if the wide discrepancy in remarks is not attributable to the taster, but perhaps to variants in the bottlings – if there is even a potential of that happening – that as such it be mentioned in the review.

  • This is surprising for Drouhin. I have not tried it, but would also suspect some sort of bottle variation or perhaps a weird food pairing. Also, 2007 is not a bad year for Oregon Pinot Noir, despite what some major critics say. In fact, there are plenty that are absolutely outstanding. The wines are less dense and bold than 2006 for sure, but they are also much more elegant and balanced. I recommend tasting more broadly before writing off the vintage.

  • WCVR

    We revisited this wine this past week, and our opinion wasn’t changed.

    Very little complexity, which is something we expect for $50-60.

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