The 2009 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley is deep and vibrant, with brilliant colour and excellent clarity. Aromatically, the wine is quite open, even opulent - a mix of velvety rose petals, violets and spices.
On the palate, the texture is lush and mouth-coating, but well-balanced.
Together, they provide definition and intensity, followed by refined, silky tannins. The finish is quite long, with beautiful cherry notes, reminding me of fresh cobbler in the peak of summer.
While the 09 will age quite well, it is to my personal taste, delicious to drink today.
- Veronique Drouhin-Boss, January, 2011
In the Willamette Valley, 2009 will be remembered as an exceptionally long growing season that ended in a relatively relaxed, even harvest.
The accumulated heat throughout the season, in addition to a September heat spike, yielded wines with full fruit character - powerful but balanced.
Much like 2004 and 2006, these are wines that have an immediate charm but will age gracefully.
Domaine Drouhin - www.domainedrouhin.com