Domaine Drouhin Roserock Zéphirine Pinot Noir 2016

Domaine Drouhin Roserock Zéphirine Pinot Noir 2016

 

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Domaine Drouhin
Roserock Zéphirine Pinot Noir 2016
  • Vintage : 2016
  • Country : USA
  • Region : Oregon
  • Subregion
  • Type : Red
  • Style Fruity Medium Bodied
  • Format : 75cl
  • Alcohol : 14,1°
  • Grappes : 100% Pinot Noir

Experts Score Vintage
JS James Suckling 97 2016
RP Robert Parker 93 2016
WS Wine Spectator 92 2016
WE Wine Enthusiast 93 2015
VN Vinous (Antonio Galloni) 92 2014
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The Zéphirine Pinot Noir is a barrel selection cuvée from the Roserock vineyard, and is a reference expression of the site. Zéphirine conveys winemaker Véronique Drouhin’s dedication to elegance and finesse, and will age meaningfully for years to come. The name refers to the Zéphirine Drouhin variety of climbing rose, which is known for its fragrance and beauty.

Tasting notes: Zéphirine has a deep, rosewood color. On the nose, there is clear energy, and layers upon layers of violets, delicate roses, small berries and brush. On the palate, there is a wealth of blue and black fruit flavors balanced by excellent structure and fine tannins. As a whole, Zéphirine exudes complexity and refinement, and leads to a very long, satisfying finish. It will be lovely to experience as it ages over the next 8-10 years or more. 

James Suckling (JS) : 97 Points (2016)
Super pure aromas of vibrant, red and darker cherries and subtle, foresty complexity. The palate has a very supple, lithe and juicy feel with abundant and intense, concentrated and very pure, red and black-cherry flavors.

Robert Parker (RP) : 93 Points (2016)
The 2016 Roserock Zéphirine Pinot Noir is pale to medium ruby-purple in color with a blackberry and black cherry pie nose with suggestions of pepper-crusted meat, dried violets and forest floor. Light to medium-bodied, it fills the mouth with black fruits and touches of cardamom, softly framed by grainy tannins and juicy acidity, finishing long with sweet fruits.

Wine Spectator (WS) : 92 Points (2016)
Supple and vibrant, with gracefully complex dark cherry, orange peel and herbal tea flavors that build structure toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2025.

Wine Enthusiast (WE) : 93 Points (2015)
Still quite young and showing some grapey fruit flavors, this second vintage release is bursting with purple fruit and chocolate malt flavors. Streaks of cola and a mineral-drenched finish add depth and texture.

Vinous (Antonio Galloni) (VN) : 92 Points (2014)
Brilliant red. Ripe red and blue fruits, candied flowers, incense and a hint of licorice on the deeply perfumed nose. A spine of juicy acidity provides lift and structure to sweet raspberry and boysenberry flavors that open up slowly on the back half. Delivers a suave blend of power and finesse and finishes impressively long, showing resonating red fruit character and sneaky, harmonious tannins. This 279-acre vineyard is a new project for Domaine Drouhin Oregon and these are the inaugural releases. A Chardonnay is also being made and the wines are reflective of the DDO style, with solid backbones and the requisite structure for aging. Unsurprisingly, they show their Burgundian roots, with complex aromatic character that leans toward the savory without coming off too wild. (JR) (8/2016)

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Domaine Drouhin Roserock Zéphirine Pinot Noir 2016 Reviewed by James Suckling 15-10-2020 . Score: 5