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
“Never shy in the glass, the 2015 Evenstad Reserve radiates a blissful bouquet of boysenberry, marionberry, dark chocolate, and sage. In the mouth, its graceful texture enters with power and seduces every part of your palate – exposing wave upon wave of alluring flavours of dark fruits, mushroom, and cola. Its silky smooth, velvet-like tannins, give way to a long, weighted finish. This is truly a compelling wine that illustrates two and a half decades of winemaking mastery in one of the finest places in the world to grow and produce Pinot Noir.”
94 points + “Editor’s Choice”, Wine Enthusiast, Oct 2018
“Polished and gracefully complex, with defined raspberry and strawberry flavours accented by toasty cinnamon and river stone notes, finishing with lithe tannins. Drink now through 2025.”
94 points, Wine Spectator, Nov 2018
“There’s a very deep fruit style to the selection here, offering plenty of earthy and meaty complexity with a very assertive, ripe and dark-fruited core that displays plenty of power. The depth here beckons some bottle aging. Try from 2021.”
94 points, JamesSuckling.com, Nov 2018