Domaine Serene 2012 Pinot Noir, Evenstad Reserve, Willamette Valley
Domaine Serene's Evenstad Estate crowns the southernmost hill in the prestigious Red Hills region of Dundee at 520-800 feet elevation in the Willamette Valley. There are seven producing vineyards on the Estate and the winery has excelled at producing world class Pinot Noirs. The Evenstad Reserve is their flagship wine only the best grape selections from the estate vineyards make the cut to become Evenstad Reserve. the 2010 was #3 on the Wine Spectator Top 100 list. 2012 is a vintage that growers were touting as perhaps their first 100 pointer. Wine Enthusiast scored this 2012 94 points saying "This includes grapes from the wineryís Jerusalem Hill vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA, in addition to the Dundee Hills sites, hence the more general Willamette Valley designation. It was aged in 65% new French oak for 16 months. Itís open and generous, offering bright berry, cherry and red currant fruit matched to defining acids, all set in a fine-tuned frame of new oak. Re-tasted 24 hours after being opened, it remained fresh, dense and satisfying."