2007 Domaine Serene Pinot Noir Evenstad Reserve

Year: 2007
Appellation: Willamette Valley
Country: USA - Oregon
Wine Spectator: 89
Wine Advocate: 91
Burghound: 89
Wine Enthusiast: 95
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"Crisp tannins surround a sweet core of berry, spice and coffee flavors that linger on the taut finish. Shows signs of opening up nicely. Best from 2012 through 2015. 9,874 cases made." (WS)

"The 2007 Pinot Noir Evenstad Reserve is more substantial with an alluring bouquet of toast, spice box, mineral, earth notes, raspberry, and cherry. Mouth-coating on the palate, it has layered savory fruit, ripe tannin, lively acidity, outstanding concentration, and a lengthy, pure finish. Give it 1-2 years of additional cellaring and drink it from 2011 to 2019.

Domaine Serene’s first vintage was 1990, so the upcoming harvest will be their 20th. Consistent high quality has been a benchmark of the winery and the 2007s will do nothing to change that. Ken and Grace Evenstad were kind enough to show me their first two vintages of Domaine Serene Pinot Noir, 1990 and 1991. Both wines were made by Ken Wright. Both have reached their peak, the 1991 a bit more advanced than the 1990, but they are both beautiful for current drinking. They are just two more examples of how well-made Willamette Valley Pinot Noir from strong vintages can drink well for 20+ years." (WA)

"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. The vineyards are dry farmed using sustainable, environmentally friendly farming practices intended to produce low crop yields. All of the domaine's vineyards are located in Yamhill Country. For further information, contact: (503) 864-4500 or visit www.domaineserene.com.

Tasting note: Like the Bradford, this is a relatively ripe '07 with pure, elegant and complex aromas of red and dark berry fruit dissolving into fresh, intense and well-detailed flavors that possess a beguiling texture. There is good mid-palate fat that coats the mouth on the balanced, sappy and solidly persistent finish where a touch of wood surfaces. This is really quite pretty but it doesn't offer the sheer depth of the Bradford." (BH)

"A very elegant and refined Evenstad Reserve, with grace notes of sandalwood and a lovely cherry core. The fruit is immaculate, the concentration focused and lengthy, and the flavors are so artfully blended that the wine is seamless and perfectly balanced. Although it is drinking like a mature wine, there is every reason to cellar wines such as this—it can develop like a fine Burgundy, over decades." (WE)