2008 Domaine Serene Pinot Noir Yamhill Cuvee

Year: 2008
Appellation: Willamette Valley
Country: USA - Oregon
Wine Spectator: 91
Wine Advocate: 91
Connoisseurs' Guide: 90
Red Wine
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"Pure and focused aromatically, with blueberry, plum, spice and loam aromas leaping from the glass. The firm tannins have bite, but the complex flavors shoot through on the lively finish. Shows depth and grace. Best from 2013 through 2018. 7,500 cases made." (WS)

"The 2008 Pinot Noir Yamhill Cuvee is medium ruby in color with an expressive nose of spicy red fruits and considerable terroir character. On the palate the fruit leans to the dark side of the spectrum with intense black cherry and black raspberry flavors as well as excellent grip, balance, and length. This tasty effort can be enjoyed now but has the stuffing to evolve for 2-3 years.

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

"We have commented before on the virtues of the 2008 vintage with regard to Oregon Pinots, and this pert, keenly focused effort shows off the extra measure of fruit that marks the harvest. Firm, but fleshy with constant themes of ripe cherries from front to back, it stays true to the structured North-western model and looks ready to reward another four or five years in the cellar. Reviewed: March 2011" (CG)

Winery Notes:
Cool weather in September delayed ripening, and the threat of rain was ever present as it had been in 2007. But unlike the previous vintage, when rain challenged the harvest late, the sun came out in October, the clouds dispersed and a late season warming trend hit the Dundee Hills. With no rain, we were able to harvest at an even pace with controlled ripening and perfect hang times. The 2008 wines are reminiscent of the wonderful 2000 vintage; great purity of fruit and structure. Critics and fans alike agree that these wines may someday be counted as some of the best made in Oregon.