Even in ripe, jammy vintages such as 1998, Domaine Drouhin keeps a sleek, polished profile. In 1999, everyone made tight, lean wines, and this one takes that ageworthy style to an extra dimension. Clear and bright, young and hard, it suggests rather than showcases layers of mineral, earth and red fruit. Firm and elegant, but give it lots of cellar time.
Paul Gregutt is a Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel, and reviews the wines of Oregon and Canada. The author of the critically-acclaimed Washington Wines & Wineries—The Essential Guide, he consulted on the Pacific Northwest entries in current versions of The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.