In a nutshell: Standout Oregon Pinot Noir from Burgundy specialists Domaine Drouhin.
The lowdown: Founded by Maison Joseph Drouhin of Beaune, Burgundy Domaine Drouhin Oregon is now regarded as one of Oregan's premier wineries, located in the Dundee Hills AVA of the Willamette Valley they have over 100 acres of prime vineyards planted with Pinot Noir, and some Chardonnay. The 2017 Dundee Hills Pinot Noir has bright aromas of black cherry and brambles, orange peel, golden brown spices, and hints of sweet oak. The palate is rounded and elegant with mild tannins and savoury touches of white pepper and forest floor joining those fruit flavours.
When to drink: Drinking well now though will keep until the end on the 2020s. Try with duck, roast pork, or fatty fish like salmon.
Pinot Noir and, to a certain extent, Chardonnay are the premier grape varieties of Dundee Hills region of Oregon. Therefore it's quite appropriate that there's some linkage with their homeland of the Burgundy in France.
Domaine Drouhin whose estate is in the heart of the region was established in 1987 by Maison Joseph Drouhin after they identified this part of the north west USA as having the potential to produce wines of comparable quality to that of Burgundy. Robert Drouhin, the third generation of the family was the driving force in establishing the new estate just to the south of Portland, but it has been his daughter Véronique who has been responsible for winemaking working alongside her brother Philippe who oversees the vineyards.
Today the estate produces a range of fine, elegant wines which combines the family's long standing skill and experience of winemaking in Burgundy with the superb terroir of this corner of Oregon's Willamette Valley.