The Laurene bottling has long been DDO's reserve Pinot. In recent years, as the densely-planted estate vineyards have gained maturity, the wine seems to have become more austere. Although it is already three years past the harvest, it remains tight and unyielding, lightly herbal, perhaps a bit tannic and earthy. Hints of clay and mineral come through in the finish, and there is sharp-edged raspberry/cranberry fruit.
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: email@example.com.