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. It came to the fore in 2016 when Wine Spectator awarded the 2014 vintage the honour of Top White Wine of the Year.
Featuring fruit from Dijon clones grown in the winery’s premier Dundee Hills vineyards, the 2016 spent just over one year aging in French oak. 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 buttery pastry. It’s a bit like a fond memory of a favourite boulangerie crossed through with a summer breeze from 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.
“The 2017 ‘Evenstad Reserve’ Chardonnay follows an exceedingly long line of beautiful releases, as the consistency of this wine is unparalleled in Oregon. The wine is a barrel selection spurced from a host of great Dundee Hills AVA vineyards. On the nose this takes on gorgeous aromatics of toasty lemon infused brioche with peat moss and lighter cantaloupe tones that all collide in the glass. The exceptional texture entices and adds to the drinking enjoyment. Ripe pear, apricot, lemon oil and shades of Challah bread with wet stone all collect momentum on this distinguished palate. While gorgeous in its youth, this stunning wine will cellar well for a decade or more. 2019-2032.”
95 points, International Wine Report, Aug 2019
“A very fluid wine with bright, pear and peach aromas with an edge of almond praline and spiced biscuits. The palate has a balanced and measured feel with layered and smoothly constructed texture as well as a long, caressing finish. Drink now.”
94 points, JamesSuckling.com, July 2019