Like its Pinot Noir counterpart, the Evenstad Reserve Chardonnay is fairly consistent from vintage to vintage – it is the flagship wine of Domaine Serene’s Chardonnay program. Domaine Serene is known for it’s skillful blending, bringing together small-lot fermentations to produce wines that speak to Oregon’s unique cool-climate terroir.
Featuring fruit from Dijon clones grown in the winery’s premier Dundee Hills Chardonnay vineyards, the 2015 spent just over one year aging in French oak, 31% new. It is a beautiful shade of pale yellow with intense aromas of Key lime, ginger, and brioche. While certainly not shy, this wine really opens up with a little time in the glass, showing a sweeter aromatic layer of Meyer lemon, honey, graham cracker, and fresh pastries. It’s a bit like a fond memory of a favourite boulangerie crossed with a summer breeze in a citrus grove. On the palate, citrus and melon take centre-stage, while vibrant acidity is brought into harmony by a rich, creamy mouthfeel and balanced oak. The finish is long and lingering.
“A beautiful and generous white, as always, with sliced baked apple and hints of pie crust, as well as pralines and vanilla flavors. Full body, lots of fruit yet a vivid and brilliant aftertaste buttressed with lively acidity. Drink now.”
94 points, JamesSuckling.com, August 2017
“Precise and well-structured, with oral lemon and apricot aromas and sleekly complex lime and stony mineral flavors that finish with laser-sharp crispness. Drink now through 2023.”
93 points, Wine Spectator, August 2017