The Hedonistic Taster | № 12
by L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne ML
“Wine should not be regarded simply as a beverage, but as an art of living, a pleasure.” – Henri Jayer
Welcome to The Hedonistic Taster, a binNotes | redThread™ trade sampling of gorgeous, small-lot artisan pours in an intimate tasting format.
The title derives from the term ‘hedonistic tasting,’ coined by legendary Burgundian vigneron Henri Jayer.
Roserock Drouhin Oregon | Eola-Amity Hills, OR.
Tasting wines by Véronique Drouhin Boss resembles attending a piano concerto – each pour an elegant opus reverberating with its own inner core of subdued structure and grace.
Recently, I was lucky enough to interview the wine maker about her newest project, Roserock Drouhin Oregon, and taste through the wines crafted from this exquisite vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA of Oregon’s Willamette Valley,
Scion of Domaine Drouhin Oregon and Maison Joseph Drouhin in Burgundy, Roserock Drouhin Oregon fashions their cuvées from the estate’s 35 LIVE-certified blocks composed of volcanic soils, favorable aspects, and cooler temperatures overseen by her brother, viticulturalist Phillippe Drouhin.
Véronique Drouhin Boss describes the wines of Roserock as “flirting with Gevrey-Chambertin,” a Burgundian Grand Cru favored by Napoleon and renown for its intense, perfumed flavors.
Her wines raise the bar, and set the standard for Burgundy and Willamette Valley aficionados everywhere.
Wine: Roserock Drouhin Oregon Chardonnay | Eola-Amity Hills, OR.
Suggested Retail: $35
Robe: Impeccable pale straw robe.
Nose: Bosque pear, lemon flower, slight eau d’evergreen.
Palate: Notes of meyer lemon, with an undercurrent of minerality. Light body, bright acids, lilting finish. Brilliant. Elegant. Age-worthy 3-5 years.
Suggested Pairings: Stuffed sole and brown rice with sautéed shallots, seasonal kale and cèpes.
Wine: Roserock Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir | Eola-Amity Hills, OR.
Alcohol: 14.1 %
Suggested Retail: $35
Robe: Brilliant, deep ruby robe.
Nose: Tea rose, potpourri, cranberry and dark cherry nose.
Palate: Floral, dried fruit, black cherry with a back note of evergreen. Light body, supple tannins, superb structure, effortless balance, lingering finish. Age-worthy 7-10 years.
Suggested Pairings: An elegant wine of discretion mean to enhance, not overpower. Suitable for any meal that allows for ample discourse and delight in an artfully laden table.