Domaine Drouhin Oregon is one of the historic houses in the Willamette Valley. First established in 1987 in the Dundee Hills, Domaine Drouhin wanted to forge a new project winery which is set in the Eola-Amity Hills, Roserock. The Drouhin family, owners of Joseph Drouhin in Burgundy and Domaine Drouhin Oregon (DDO), purchased the 279-acre Roserock Vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills a few years back. This adds to their 225 acres at its estate property in the Dundee Hills and made them one of the largest landholders in the Willamette Valley.
Wines form the Roserock Vineyard truly add something different to the Domaine Drouhin Oregon portfolio. While the Domaine Drouhin Oregon wines tend to show a darker, more masculine profile in their Pinots, the Roserock wines showed more red fruit and pretty feminine characteristics that has made Eola-Amity Hills famous. Look for the absolutely delicious 2015 Roserock Chardonnay (WWB, 91), a wine that shows wonderful structure and elegance, alongside the silky texture and mouthfeel. Also impressive was the 2014 Roserock ‘Zephrine’ Pinot Noir (WWB, 92) which showed wonderful feminine and earthy characteristics and has the structure to cellar well into the next decade. Learn more about this great winery at http://roserockoregon.com Here are the great new wines from Roserock.
2015 Roserock Chardonnay- This beautiful Chardonnay by Domaine Drouhin begins with bright aromas of honeydew melon, starfruit and Pazzaz apple. This leads to flavors of lemon zest, Gravenstein apple, orange rind, pink grapefruit blossom and teaberry. Lithe and light on its feet, this has wonderful structure to cellar well into the next decade. The texture and wonderful structure is quite a remarkable achievement from this warm vintage. Drink 2017-2023- 91
2014 Roserock ‘Eola-Amity Hills’ Pinot Noir- The 2014 Rose Rock Pinot Noir from Domaine Drouhin shows pretty floral aromas of rose petal as well as crushed volcanic rock, red cherry, baking spices and pomegranate seed. There are bright flavors of wild blackberry jam, red cherry, blood orange and crushed wet stone. This shows wonderful aromatic and flavor range. Overall this is a well made wine with nice cellaring potential. Drink 2017-2026- 91
2014 Roserock ‘Zephrine’ Pinot Noir- This gorgeous Pinot Noir made by Domaine Drouhin is a barrel selection wine sourced from the Roserock vineyard. The wine begins with aromatics of crushed wet rock, red cherry, orange zest and suggestions of pomegranate seed with wild mushroom. This leads to rich flavors of red cherry, red raspberry, cranberry, pomegranate seed and suggestions of blood orange. Lithe and rich, this has wonderful structure and texture. This feminine wine will cellar well into the next decade. Drink 2017-2028- 92