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.
“Deep, glistening scarlet. Ripe, spice- and smoke-tinged aromas of black raspberry, cherry cola and musky flowers on the perfumed nose. Juicy red and dark berry liqueur flavors are braced by a core of smoky minerality and pick up allspice and mocha nuances with aeration. Concentrated as well as lively, with no rough edges and a sexy floral quality that emerges on the persistent finish, where rounded tannins lend shape and gentle grip.”
94 points, Vinous.com, Aug 2020
“A generous and poised Pinot Noir with lovely floral aromatics, subtle raspberry and wet earth notes, and finely expressed red fruits.”
94 points, Decanter World Wine Awards 2020
“The 2017 Pinot Noir Evenstad Reserve has a medium ruby-purple color and dark, broody fruits on the nose, laced with classy notes of cardamom, tea leaves and chocolate. The palate is silky, seamlessly fresh and surprisingly layered, suggesting it will improve with some more time in the cellar.”
93+ points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Dec 2020
“Precise and sleekly structured, with expressive cherry, savory spice and orange zest aromas that take on flesh and elegant tannins on the lingering finish. Drink now through 2027.”
93 points, Wine Spectator, June 2020
“This is aromatically similar to the Yamhill cuvée with just a bit more spice elements, all of which is trimmed in a touch of menthol. There is a noticeably finer texture to the vibrant and well-detailed medium weight flavors where the underlying power really starts to build as the bitter pit fruit and youthfully austere finish fans out. While not the biggest wine in the range, this is clearly built-to-age and a wine that will need it.”
92 points, Burghound.com, Oct 2020