Domaine Serene is arguably Oregon’s top Pinot Noir producer – perhaps one of the country’s top wineries. Consistently excellent from vintage to vintage, Evenstad Reserve is their flagship wine, the defining standard by which all of the Domaine Serene Pinot Noirs are measured. Comprised of Willamette Valley fruit from their dry-farmed estate vineyards, grapes are meticulously sorted upon arrival at the winery. After a week-long cold soak, fruit fermented in small lots according to vineyard block in over 250 “micro-crus”. After settling and racking, the wine spent 16 months in French oak, 60% new.
A masterclass in the art of blending a selection of these small lots, the Evenstad Reserve Pinot is a wonderfully complex wine that delivers dense layers of black tea, blackberry, orange rind, truffles, and dried violet. On the palate, this elegant wine possesses tremendous weight, lift, and balance, with soft tannins and a clean, lingering finish. With clone variation and site-driven diversity, the winery is able to craft this wine to their precise and exacting standards year after year.
“A soft and silky pinot with beautiful dried strawberries, blueberries and hints of vanilla to close. Medium to full body, ultra-fine tannins and a fruity finish. This is all about subtlety and freshness. Drink now.”
95 points, JamesSuckling.com, August 2017
“There is a darker fruit spectrum evident in the reserve, with notes of coffee, smoke, black fruits, a touch of charred wood all worked through, and without damping the core fruit flavours. Those bright flavours spotlight raspberry, plum and black cherry. A light cola flavour pokes through, with ripe tannins and proportionate acids. The barrel treatment is beautifully applied, adding sweet spice to the finish.”
94 points + Editor’s Choice, Wine Enthusiast, July 2017