2006 Domaine Serene Pinot Noir Evenstad Reserve 1.5 L

Year: 2006
Appellation: Willamette Valley
Country: USA - Oregon
Wine Spectator: 92
Wine Advocate: 91
Connoisseurs' Guide: 86
Burghound: 89
Red Wine
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"Smooth and round, with a lovely polished feel to the dark berry, cherry, licorice and spice flavors, flowing easily over finely tuned tannins, persisting expressively. Drink now through 2016. 9,000 cases made." (WS)

"The 2006 Evenstad Reserve is a blend of over 70 lots. Medium ruby-colored, it offers notes of cedar, cinnamon, clove, cassis, and raspberry. This is followed by a medium- to full-bodied wine with layers of complex red fruits, enough structure to evolve for 3-4 years, excellent integration of oak, tannin, and acidity, and a lengthy finish. Drink it from 2010 to 2018.

Domaine Serene has turned out its most successful set of Pinot Noirs in several vintages." (WA)

"This wine gives itself away on the first sniff. Despite having plenty of ripeness to its aromas and clearly gifted with a dense, extracted character that suggests a tough guy to come on the palate, it falls a trifle short in fruit at the start and is unable to muster enough of it on the palate to overcome its hard- edged tannins at the backend. Close but no cigar is the requisite conclusion with this one." (CG)

"Producer note: Grace and Ken Evenstad said it was their passion for pinot noir that led them to Oregon in 1989 and founded Domaine Serene in the Dundee Hills in the North Willamette Valley. Domaine Serene owns 3 vineyard estates totaling 462 acres. 150 acres are planted exclusively to pinot noir and chardonnay and the remaining property has been left in its natural state. Vineyards are dry farmed using sustainable, environmentally friendly farming practices for extremely low crop yields. For further information, contact: (503) 864-4500 or visit www.domaineserene.com.

Tasting note: A perfumed and attractively spiced red and blue fruit nose trimmed in a touch of sandalwood slides into attractively textured and solidly concentrated middle weight flavors that possess reasonably good depth and length on the dusty finish where the only nits are a hint of tangy bitterness and a touch of warmth. It is not clear that this will round out with a few years in the bottle though my score offers the benefit of the doubt in this regard." (BH)