2008 Domaine Serene Pinot Noir Mark Bradford Vineyard

Year: 2008
Appellation: Willamette Valley
Country: USA - Oregon
Wine Spectator: 94
Wine Advocate: 94+
Wine Enthusiast: 94
Red Wine
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"Supple, refined, elegant and generous, showing richness and grace. A gorgeous mouthful of blueberry, plum, sandalwood and black tea flavors linger expressively on the spicy finish. Drink now through 2020. 400 cases made. " (WS)

"The 2008 Pinot Noir Mark Bradford Vineyard has an exceptionally fragrant and expressive nose of sandalwood, spice box, incense, floral notes, black cherry, and black raspberry. It is the densest, richest, and most layered of the Serene offerings along with exceptional length and precision. It will reward 4-5 years of cellaring and should easily see its 20th birthday.

Domaine Serene’s 2008 Pinot Noirs are outstanding across the portfolio." (WA)

"Domaine Serene has been dialing down the new oak (at least as far as its impact on the wines) and making more and more nuanced wines, that truly capture the terroir of their spectacular Dundee Hills vineyards. Here is a beautiful mix of supple fruits—cherries and berries, with appealing sweetness—along with delicate highlights of spice and herb. It’s finished with a creamy streak of buttery chocolate. Pure pleasure." (WE)

Winery Notes:
Mark Bradford is one of the seven vineyards of the Evenstad Estate located on the southernmost hilltop of the Dundee Hills of Oregon. This 11-acre, west-facing vineyard was planted in 1993 at an elevation of 640-740 feet and is late ripening. The crumbly red soil is volcanic in origin and of the Jory series.

1.58 tons/acre. Aged 20 months in 88% new French oak barrels

Overcast weather made June and July two of the coolest summer months in recent memory making it reminiscent of 1997, the last year that Oregon experienced a cold summer. In the nick of time, Mother Nature decided to smile on the Willamette Valley, and the sun came out. A gorgeous late summer/early fall not only ripened fruit, it's redeemed 2008 to the point of greatness. Pinot noir grapes love hot days and cold nights - and 2008 provides them. 2008's September highs in the low '90s are paired with nights in the low '40s, perfect conditions for complexity as well as ripeness. In the end, Mother Nature delivered ideal conditions for making complex and full bodied Pinot noir. The 2008 vintage may represent a new benchmark for Oregon Pinot Noir.