About Domaine Serene 2014 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 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. Showing its pedigree, this 2014 is another outstanding effort. The wine aged 16 months in 60% new French oak.
Vinous scored it 93 points saying "Limpid ruby-red. Powerful, smoke-accented dark berry preserve, cherry cola and lavender pastille scents show very good clarity and pick up Indian spice and vanilla notes with air. Sweet and expansive on the palate, offering concentrated black raspberry, cherry liqueur and mocha flavors, along with energizing spiciness and a touch of smoky minerality. Weighty yet surprisingly graceful, finishing with strong thrust, slow-building tannins and lingering florality."
Wine Enthusiast Magazine designated it an "Editors' Choice" and scored it 94 saying "There is a darker fruit spectrum evident in the reserve, with notes of coffee, smoke, black fruits, a touch of charred wood all worked through, and without damping the core fruit flavors. Those bright flavors spotlight raspberry, plum and black cherry. A light cola flavor pokes through, with ripe tannins and proportionate acids. The barrel treatment is beautifully applied, adding sweet spice to the finish."
and James Suckling scored it 95 points saying "A soft and silky pinot with beautiful dried strawberries, blueberries and hints of vanilla to close. Medium to full body, ultra-fine tannins and a fruity finish. This is all about subtlety and freshness. Drink now." Extremely Limited!