Named after Véronique Drouhin s elder daughter, Laurène is our flagship wine, and is produced entirely from Pinot Noir grown on the family s estate in the Dundee Hills. All of the fruit is handpicked into small totes, destemmed, fermented with indigenous yeasts, and then placed into barrels (French oak, never more than 20% new). Once the vintage is safely in the cellar, Véronique begins the process of selecting barrels which have an extra complexity, length and depth ? barrels which will work together as Laurène.
In recent years, Laurène has been named one of the ?Great Wines of America? by Paul Lukacs in his book of the same name and ?perennially one of Oregon s best wines? by Portland Monthly Magazine (Sept. 2009). In 2008, celebrated writer Matt Kramer presented Laurène in his Wine Spectator seminar, ?21st Century Pinot Noir Greatness.?