6750 NE Breyman Orchards Rd.
Dayton OR 97114
130 ac – 294,000 bt
Bottle prize – awarded to wineries whose wines represent benchmarks in quality.
The Drouhins have been making wine in Burgundy France since the 1880s, but became interested in Oregon after David Lett of the Eyrie Vineyards earned high scores in the 1979 Wine Olympics. In 1980, they invited Lett to show his wines against their Grand Crus, and Lett came home with a 2nd place award. Veronique Drouhin interned with several Willamette Valley wineries in 1986, including The Eyrie Vineyards, and in 1987 the family purchased a 225-acre Christmas tree farm to begin their Oregon winery.
Poised atop the Dundee Hills, the estate has a commanding view of the Willamette Valley and Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines growing at elevations between 400′ – 800′. The Drouhins selected this site for its remarkable similarity in climate, latitude to their Burgundy vineyards. They also have two large blocks of rootstock planted on the estate, to allow for them to graft the cuttings onto rootstock they have grown themselves that they’ve learned are well suited to the specifics of their vineyard sites regarding site elevation, soil depth, and moisture-holding capacity.
The Arthur Chardonnay 2015, having undergone 50% malo-lactic fermentation, is slightly creamy with great texture. Robust lemon-lime citrus out of the gate and tropical lychee on the finish, it’s a balanced wine with great potential for aging. The Laurene Pinot Noir 2014 (Great Wine) offers fine tannins, luscious fruit, bright acidity, and stony minerality. Enjoy slightly stewed red raspberry and currants, woodiness and pretty notes of rose petals. The Louse Pinot Noir 2015 is a stunner. Gorgeous in intensity and layered with strawberry, black plum and hints of tobacco and violets, this wine, with both finesse and power, has a finish that goes on for days.
PLANT PROTECTION none
WEED CONTROL mowing
YEASTS spontaneous fermentation
GRAPES 100% estate-grown