Woman on Wine with Amy Reiley
Every once in a while I’m inspired to dedicate my monthly column to a single vintner or winery or, in this case, legendary wine family. Joseph Drouhin founded an estate in Burgundy in 1880. Since then, Drouhin has grown to become one of the most recognized and admired names in the wine business. The Drouhin family is considered a leader in creating world class Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. In fact, Joseph Drouhin’s grandson, Robert Drouhin, is credited by some for “discovering” Oregon’s Pinot Noir potential. Today, the Oregon winery is overseen by Robert’s son Laurent while the wines in France are made by his very talented sister Veronique.
I’m featuring the wines of Drouhin this month because I feel like they’re perfect in both summer and fall. The wines, both those from France and from their winery in Oregon, offer refreshing acidity but at the same time, they echo many of my favorite flavors of autumn. The four wines I’ve chosen to highlight, (two Old World and two New) are all affordable wines perfect for elegant summer dinner parties under the stars. But they’re also wines you can enjoy in front of a crackling fire as the weather turns cold.
2015 Roserock Eola-Amity Hills Chardonnay, Oregon
This is a lovely white with a freshness yet full body. It offers pear and almond aromas and flavors with hints of lemon zest and white peaches. There’s a saline quality on the finish that makes your tongue long for the next sip. $35
2015 Joseph Drouhin Mâcon-Villages, France
This is a lovely, easy-drinking example of affordable white Burgundy. It offers fresh, floral aromas and ripe peach flavors with bright tang of lemon acidity. A hint of minerality adds elegance. $15
2014 Joseph Drouhin Fleurie Cru Beaujolais, Hospice de Bellevilles, France
This might be Drouhin’s most fun bottle of red. Its color is remarkably ruby, beautiful in the glass. But in the mouth is where it truly shines with bursts of raspberry, cherry, lavender and sexy, exotic spices. $25
2014 Roserock Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir, Oregon
If you like American Pinot Noir, you’re going to love this wine. In fact, it just doesn’t get much better than this for the price! It’s a cherry and berry fruit-forward wine with moderate tannins; so easy to drink, so luscious and elegant you’re going to wish you had a second bottle. $38
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