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Oregon Pinot Noirs Making Major Statements: Domain Drouhin & Archery Summit

domaine drouhin pinot noir oregon 07 300x196 Oregon Pinot Noirs Making Major Statements: Domain Drouhin & Archery SummitA Vineyard Review Featuring Domain Drouhin & Archery Summit

by Paul Reiter

Domain Drouhin:  With family roots in Beaune, the important Bourgnone (Burgundy) city, and a winemaker who splits time between Beaune and the Willamette Valley, just south of Portland, Oregon, Domain Drouhin is turning the US pinot noir reputation from average to amazing.  Portland’s weather is an exact replicate of the Burgundy region of France, where it basically rains year round except for the summer. Summers are hot, without much humidity, with gorgeous rolling hills, and great soil from former volcanic ash.  This leads to amazing berries and grapes, perfect for pinot noir and pinot gris. 

If you see a bottle of the Domain Drouhin Laurene pinot noir at a wine shop near you – get it. It just might be the best pinot noir in America right now. 

archerie summit pinot noir.jpg Oregon Pinot Noirs Making Major Statements: Domain Drouhin & Archery SummitArchery Summit is also producing some truly exquisite pinot noirs now as well.  These wineries are right around the corner from each other and share such similar terroir; it’s incredible how different the bottles can taste. But aside from the grapes there is truly so many other factors that go into wine making; the type of barrels, aging, sugar content, winemaker’s style, etc. 

Grab yourself some Oregon pinot noir and let us know what you think. Other local wineries we recommend are Panther Creek, Adelsheim, Maresh and Natalies Estate.





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3 comments to Oregon Pinot Noirs Making Major Statements: Domain Drouhin & Archery Summit

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  • Tizzle

    Paul and Melanie were generous enough to get us a bottle of Pinot from Oregon as part of our wedding gift. It was from 2005 and we waited until this summer, a brief 2 1/2 hours away from the kids, and down the shore to crack it. It was awesome to say the least! I suppose the cool, coastal climate of Oregon is perfect for this grape! Don’t let the fact that Oregon is some whacked out liberal state that is broke fool you! The wines are superb!

    Paul, if you see any extraordinary deals on flights to Portland, keep me posted, I might hop on a plane on whim!


    Matt goldstein Reply:

    I actually used to hate Pinot Noir. Now it’s probably my 2nd or 3rd favorite behind Malbec. What are the prices on these?

    Also, I love when liberals bankrupt things. It’s the only way to live.


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