LCBO Vintages Classics Collection
Consistently excellent from vintage to vintage, Evenstad Reserve is a flagship wine, the defining standard by which all of the Domaine Serene Pinot Noirs are measured. Comprised of Willamette Valley fruit from sustainable, dry-farmed vineyards, grapes are meticulously sorted upon arrival at the winery. After a week-long cold soak, fruit ferments in small lots according to vineyard block – over 250 “micro-crus”. After settling and racking, the wine spent 17 months in French oak, 57% new.
A masterclass in the art of blending a selection of these small lots, the Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir is a wonderfully complex wine that delivers an array of red fruits, caramel, baking spice, vanilla, and dried violet. On the palate, this elegant wine shows a harmonious balance of structure, richness, and acidity with soft tannins and a clean, lingering finish. With clonal variation and site-driven diversity, the winery is able to craft this wine to their precise and exacting standards year after year.
“Peppery herbal notes populate the nose, leading into flavors of brambly red fruits. The wine gathers strength on the midpalate, finishing with a flourish of strawberry preserves. There’s a touch of rhubarb pie and a dusting of cocoa in the mix as well, and for an Oregon Pinot Noir made in such quantities (more than 10,000 cases) it offers exceptional depth and density.”
92 points, Wine Enthusiast, Dec 2016
“An earthy and spicy red with leaves and mushrooms. Medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a flavorful finish. Lively acidity. Drink or hold.”
92 points, JamesSuckling.com, Nov 2016
“(57 percent new oak) Limpid ruby-red. Oak-spiced red berries, cherry and licorice on the fragrant nose, along with hints of vanilla and musky herbs in the background. Sweet and lively in the mouth, offering juicy raspberry and cherry cola flavors that unfold and slowly put on weight with air. The vanilla and cola notes recur on a long, gently tannic finish that’s given snap by a late jolt of tangy acidity.”
91 points, Josh Raynolds, vinous.com, Oct 2016
“The 2013 Pinot Noir Evanstad Reserve is raised in barrel for 16 months using 57% new oak. It has a more complex bouquet compared to the Yamhill Cuvée with attractive raspberry and briary scents, the oak neatly integrated here. The palate is medium-bodied with more red fruit than black, approaching soft(ish) tannin with a slight tinniness towards the finish that will hopefully recede with time. Enjoy this over the next 6-8 years, but don’t hesitate if you feel like keeping it in the cellar for another 12-18 months.”
90 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, June 2016
Double Gold at the 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.