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WTN: 2003 Domaine Drouhin Pinot

by Redwinger » Sat Aug 05, 2006 5:58 pm

2003 Domaine Drouhin Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley
Medium bodied with a nice aroma of black cherries, earth/forest which all follow on the palate. An elegant wine with finese and a lingering savory spiced finish. Enough acidity to provide a lift on the palate without becoming aggressive. Balanced. I liked this wine a lot, but would like it better if it retailed closer to $30 than the high $30 range.
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Re: WTN: 2003 Domaine Drouhin Pinot

by John Treder » Sat Aug 05, 2006 10:56 pm

Redwinger wrote:[color=blue][u][b]
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Gee, you restrict yourself to people? How about wine-idiots like so many of those here?

BTW, I agree with you about the QPR of Domaine Drouhin.
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Re: WTN: 2003 Domaine Drouhin Pinot

by Mark Lipton » Sun Aug 06, 2006 12:02 am

Redwinger wrote:2003 Domaine Drouhin Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley
Medium bodied with a nice aroma of black cherries, earth/forest which all follow on the palate. An elegant wine with finese and a lingering savory spiced finish. Enough acidity to provide a lift on the palate without becoming aggressive. Balanced. I liked this wine a lot, but would like it better if it retailed closer to $30 than the high $30 range.
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Thanks for the note, Bill. FWIW, I commend DDO at holding the line, price-wise, as much as they have since their first vintage in '88. IIRC, their first release retailed for about $30 (not corrected for inflation), so they have actually come down in price over the past 18 years, a fairly uncommon occurrence in the wine biz (their production has increased notably, but many producers wouldn't have cut prices even so). These days, I think that they're one of the better QPR producers in Oregon.

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Re: WTN: 2003 Domaine Drouhin Pinot

by Redwinger » Sun Aug 06, 2006 8:58 am

John - Santa Clara wrote:Gee, you restrict yourself to people? How about wine-idiots like so many of those here?

John,
Yeah, even a few wine-idiots from time to time. I also encounter some just plain old-fashioned idiots as well, like the guy yesterday who called me a liar...I came "this close" to seeing if I am still as handy with my fists as I used to be.
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Re: WTN: 2003 Domaine Drouhin Pinot

by Redwinger » Sun Aug 06, 2006 9:37 am

Mark Lipton wrote:Thanks for the note, Bill. FWIW, I commend DDO at holding the line, price-wise, as much as they have since their first vintage in '88. IIRC, their first release retailed for about $30 (not corrected for inflation), so they have actually come down in price over the past 18 years, a fairly uncommon occurrence in the wine biz (their production has increased notably, but many producers wouldn't have cut prices even so). These days, I think that they're one of the better QPR producers in Oregon.

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Mark,
Thanks for the DDO pricing background. I was not aware of this, or if I was, it was long forgotten. Regarding the current pricing...what can I say? I'm cheap!!
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Re: WTN: 2003 Domaine Drouhin Pinot

by Howie Hart » Sun Aug 06, 2006 9:48 am

Redwinger wrote:..... like the guy yesterday who called me a liar...

Two old Maine farmers talking over the fence.
"Tell me, would you call Arnold an honest man, or would you call him a liar?"
"Well, I wouldn't go so faah as to call him a liar, but I heard tell, and by them that know, that when he wants his cows to come in from pasture, he's gotta get someone else to call 'em."
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Re: WTN: 2003 Domaine Drouhin Pinot

by Jenise » Sun Aug 06, 2006 4:16 pm

[quote="Mark Lipton]Thanks for the note, Bill. FWIW, I commend DDO at holding the line, price-wise, as much as they have since their first vintage in '88. IIRC, their first release retailed for about $30 (not corrected for inflation), so they have actually come down in price over the past 18 years, a fairly uncommon occurrence in the wine biz (their production has increased notably, but many producers wouldn't have cut prices even so). These days, I think that they're one of the better QPR producers in Oregon.

Mark Lipton[/quote]

Mark, kudos on the correction. I remember when the basic DDO went to $36 or $38 with the 94 vintage--it's stayed right about there ever since. DDO and St. Innocent are both heros for holding prices down, not something all have done (or been able to do, labor's not cheap in the Willamette Valley).
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