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.
“The 2015 ‘Evenstad Reserve’ offers everything you want in great warm vintage Oregon Pinot Noir. Aromatics of earthy tones connect with black cherry liquor and black truffle oil on the nose. On the palate this is robust, with a stunning texture, and a wonderful seamless quality. Complex flavors of black Forest cake, cigar ash, loganberry jam along with a touch of milk chocolate and blood orange round out this absolutely incredible wine. This is the most compelling Evenstad Pinot Noir I’ve tasted in many years.”
95 points, International Wine Report, April 2018