Roserock (Drouhin) Zephirine Pinot Noir 2021 (Eola-Amity Hills, Oregon) - [JS 97] [IWR 97] [JD 96] [WS 94] [WE 93]
Roserock (Drouhin) Zephirine Pinot Noir 2021 (Eola-Amity Hills, Oregon) - [JS 97] [IWR 97] [JD 96] [WS 94] [WE 93]

(Drouhin) Zephirine Pinot Noir 2021
(Eola-Amity Hills, Oregon) - [JS 97] [IWR 97] [JD 96] [WS 94] [WE 93]

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This blend of the finest barrels of Roserock Pinot Noir is named for the fragrant “Zéphirine Drouhin” variety of thornless climbing rose, introduced in 1868. Fittingly, the dark-ruby Zéphirine Pinot Noir has an intoxicating perfume of roses, violets, strawberries, and cacao. The complexity and finesse of this lyrical wine will reward cellar age, although it drinks deliciously upon release.

  • Fruit Source: Roserock Vineyard
  • AVA: Eola-Amity Hills
  • Sustainable Certification: LIVE

Tasting Notes

Our 2021 Roserock Zéphirine Pinot Noir gets right to the point: it is a fragrant, complex, exuberant expression of our vineyard, and its potential longevity is inspiring. On the nose, black currants, violet and lavender invite exploration. On the palate, juicy blue/black notes of wild berries and subtle earthiness wrap around a touch of spice. The tannins are firm yet elegant, providing a smooth mouthfeel and a long, satisfying finish. In short, the 2021 Zéphirine is special!

Vineyard Notes

Roserock is an extraordinary vineyard at the southern tip of the Eola-Amity Hills, in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Ancient volcanic soils, an ideal elevation range and the unique cooling effect of the Van Duzer corridor produce classic cool-climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Roserock is LIVE-certified sustainable.

Production Notes

Our Zéphirine Pinot Noir is a barrel selection cuvée from the Roserock vineyard, and is a reference expression of the site. Zéphirine conveys purity and beauty, reflects 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.

Vintage Notes

The 2021 vintage was absolutely worth the wait, and we couldn’t be more pleased with the charm and grace its wines present at every level. An arid and warm spring led to an even warmer, drier summer with notable heat spikes. Wonderfully, the vines remained healthy, and as temperatures cooled in mid-September, harvest was able to stretch out over three smooth weeks, ending in early October. After a dramatic growing season, the vines delivered grapes with complex flavors, incredible balance, and layers of elegance. As winemakers and grape growers, we couldn’t have asked for a better gift from the vineyard.

Ratings & Reviews

97 Points - James Suckling: 
"Beautifully fragrant notes of cocoa-dusted raspberries and crushed blueberries with dried rose petals, sencha tea, cherry chocolate and crushed rocks. Ground spices, too. It shows both delicacy and power, with a compact and silky feeling to the tannin structure and impressive acidity which carries the freshness and tone through to the finish. Attractive tension of crunchy blue fruit and spices. Drink or hold." (Mar 2023)

97 Points - International Wine Report:
"The RoseRock wines from Domain Drouhin have always been my favorites of the lineup, probably because I love the wines from the Eola-Amity hills. Displaying a shimmering light purple core with a bluish rim in the glass, this undoubtedly enchanting wine explodes with notes of fresh blueberries, red plum skin, toasted anise seed, milk chocolate, Earl Gray tea, whole pink peppercorn, and chalky minerality. Incredibly elegant and smooth on the palate, it’s a wine that takes hold of your attention and doesn’t let go. Highly recommended and editor’s choice." (Mar 2023)

96 Points - Jeb Dunnuck:
Taking on more complexity, the 2021 Pinot Noir Rose Rock Zephirine was bottled unfined and unfiltered with 22 months of élevage. Ripe ruby-red, it offer layers of spice and ripe fruit, with loads of framboise, fresh pine needles, and toasted cardamom spice. On the palate. It’s full-bodied and refined with sweet tannins, balanced ripe fruit, and a soft, stony mouthfeel. Drink 2023-2033.

This was my second visit to the estate of Domaine Drouhin, where I met with David Millman and assistant winemaker Arron Bell. This benchmark estate was founded in 1987 in the Dundee Hills by the Burgundian estate Maison Joseph Drouhin, and fourth-generation winemaker Veronique Drouhin-Boss oversees the estate today. Given Domaine Drouhin’s commanding presence in the region, it’s always fantastic to see when the wines reach and even exceed expectations across the portfolio, as they have certainly done in the 2021 vintage.

94 Points - Wine Spectator:
"Graceful and seductive, this Pinot is seamlessly structured, with rich raspberry and blueberry flavors and forest floor and violet accents all gliding on the polished, lingering finish. Drink now through 2031. 2,002 cases made." - TF (web only 2023)

93 Points - Wine Enthusiast:
"Beautiful blackberry and crunchy dried maple leaf aromas provide an excellent introduction to a jangly texture and flavors like tart black cherries, cranberries and a saline note similar to Marcona almonds. Balanced, with silky tannins and crisp acidity backing all of that fruit." - MA (Oct 2023)