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| ||Tasted by jeffreylubowski on 6/14/2015 & rated 91 points: This is not the Oregon I know and love. Strong and cherry and vanilla and some wood. Beautiful color though. Thinning out by now. Some heat. I did enjoy this and feel it was well made and would buy again, but don't expect a restrained burgundian pinot. (510 views)|
| ||Tasted by Bowmanifesto on 6/4/2015 & rated 92 points: Another superb bottle of Willamette Evenstad Reserve. My highest rating yet, as this continues to add complexity and suavity as it ages. (650 views)|
| ||Tasted by lirvingham on 5/26/2015 9:48:00 PM & rated 92 points: Great! Surprisingly big for a Pinot which is exactly what I like. Long long mid palate. (689 views)|
| ||Tasted by Duderino on 5/17/2015 & rated 90 points: Not bad. But not overly distinctive. Middle of the road. Doesn't have the character that many Oregon Pinots possess. (682 views)|
| ||Tasted by arthrovine on 5/15/2015: Trying again last night to wrap my head around this wine. I just don't get it.|
Could not get past the bubble gum, cherry vanilla flavors and aromas. Seemed more like a GSM in American wood than a pinot from one of the coldest vintages in WV ever. (Meiomi?) (661 views)
| ||Tasted by wondersofwine on 5/4/2015 & rated 89 points: 13.9% abv. The cork broke off again but not as much as with the 2005 vintage. It came out pretty much in two pieces. The wine looks less dense than the 2005 in the glass and has a younger, sharper nose. First impression on the palate is too tart and too "alcoholic" although the alcohol by volume is labeled slightly below that of the 2005 vintage. Maybe it will improve with aeration. Yes, it was better on the second and third days than on the first day. It has some blueberry and dark fruit notes. Enjoyable, but I found he 2005 vintage more to my liking and more worthy of the purchase price. (776 views)|
| ||Tasted by Rollerball on 4/17/2015 & rated 90 points: Good varietal characteristics at a pleasing amplitude, no hard edges. (829 views)|
| ||Tasted by Bowmanifesto on 4/3/2015 & rated 91 points: This Pinot Noir has been all over the lot for me. Last bottle in 2013 was only a 72. This bottle is a 90! Dark ruby color. Medium body, with strong legs. Classic Willamette nose. Glorious palate of rich fruits and inviting spices, and cherry-vanilla on the end. (853 views)|
| ||Tasted by Rollerball on 1/30/2015 & rated 91 points: All sorts of fruit and autumn. Decent depth and complexity but little excitement. Succeeded at a tricky pairing with baked tomato soup. Me 90 Nanette 92. (1350 views)|
| ||Tasted by Sharmajd on 1/19/2015 & rated 90 points: Dark ruby color. When initially opened the palate impact was flat and it was closed. After about 15 - 20 minutes in the glass it unfurled a bit with a nice medium long finish with refreshing acidity. There's an underlying sweet ripeness to it, that can be an acquired taste. This is a good pairing wine, wouldn't hold my attention long enough on it's own. (1373 views)|
| ||Tasted by oldwines on 12/9/2014 & rated 92 points: Medium dark ruby. Nose of cherry, roses, a touch of earth and anise. Pleasing acidity. vibrant tasting, lots of cherry but it tastes more alcoholic than the ABV of 13.9% would suggest. Moderately long aftertaste. May need more time. (1880 views)|
| ||Tasted by Jsmithbim on 11/27/2014 & rated 90 points: Enjoyed with Thanksgiving dinner. Decanted for an hour and initial taste was tart cherry and cranberry and by the end of dinner deeper fruit notes set in. Lovely medium finish Pinot. I first had this wine at a Serene dinner in 2011 and this wine has only gotten better. (1695 views)|
| ||Tasted by CWilliam on 11/27/2014: Opened 15 minutes before Thanksgiving dinner. Medium red color with clear meniscus. Tight upon opening but opened up with 1+ hours of airtime. Cherry / cranberry / earthy on nose. On palate, bright cherry / cranberry / baking spice on medium body with long finish with high acidity. Great with Turkey. 91-92 (with airtime). (1504 views)|
| ||Tasted by Alpha L on 11/17/2014 & rated 92 points: This was a beautiful clear medium red in color. I opened it two hours in advance but did not decant it since I was not sure if the 2007 would still hold up. It did, and the nose was full of dark cherries, ripe strawberries, cranberries with a little oak, mushrooms and wet leaves. The palate showed more oak, vanilla and cherries. It was medium in tannins as well as acidity which created a nice balance. The finish was medium to long. All in all it was a very nice bottle that points to the 2007 drinking well for another few years. That was my last bottle, so I plan to hunt the internet for more. (1498 views)|
| ||Tasted by LOWvino on 10/22/2014 & rated 89 points: Not as great as I remember, but still delicious. Nose is a bit weak, but great cherry and tobacco on the tongue. (1553 views)|
| ||Tasted by Derek Darth Taster on 10/1/2014 & rated 91 points: Tim's Birthday Celebration (Extra Space): Tasted blind. Aired in decanter for 2 hours before drinking.|
Appearance is clear, pale intensity, purple colour. Legs.
Nose is clean, medium+ intensity, with aromas of vanilla oak, red cherry, strawberry, spice, and a very slight stemminess. Developing.
On the palate, dry, high acidity, medium+ alcohol, medium tannins, medium+ body. Medium+ flavour intensity, with flavours of vanilla, red cherry and dark cherry, spice, licorice, some stems. Long finish.
Good quality. Rainy 2007 vintage in Oregon. Drink now, and may still improve with further age over the next 3+ years. (1522 views)
| ||Tasted by rocknroller on 9/18/2014 & rated 92 points: Dark red color. Drank glasses over 3 days. This really got better over 3 days. Lovely dry earth, currants, red berries, floral nose. The palate is medium bodied, vibrant, earthy, spiced, long finish. Very, very good. 92+pts. (1460 views)|
| ||Tasted by Jshire on 8/16/2014 & rated 91 points: The wine looks a vivid ruby colored. . There is no sediment in the bottle. It smells like blueberry, black currant (cassis) and strawberry jam. The body is medium. The wine has silky texture. The wine finishes medium. This wine is a consistently pleases! (1599 views)|
| ||Tasted by 422dbowlsby on 7/20/2014 & rated 91 points: KKLEG had this spot on, particularly regarding the flavors. Somehow lacking the smoke and minerality I associate with Willamete Valley PNs, but still delicious. (1806 views)|
| ||Tasted by kkleg on 7/6/2014 & rated 91 points: - Crimsom color - Ripe strawberries, blackberries, leather, and spice on the nose. Tart cherries, earth, and cola on the palate. Bright acidity with rather prominent tannins. If served this blind, I would have pegged it as a RRV Pinot. Well made, but doesn't have the finesse I normally associate with Oregon. I will hold my last bottle for two-three years to see if it softens a bit. (1661 views)|
| ||Tasted by Umay Ceviker on 7/4/2014 & rated 89 points: Medium ruby with garnet shades. Elegant nose showing an array of red berries while sweet, ripe fruit dominate the palate. Good overall balance. (786 views)|
| ||Tasted by EducatedDrunk on 6/18/2014 & rated 88 points: Big, heavy, dark extracted colour, fading to amber at the edges. Built in a clunky style, no real finesse. More like a syrah than a pinot noir. (1657 views)|
| ||Tasted by Life At Your Leisure on 6/7/2014 & rated 93 points: Deep ruby color turning transparent at the rim with a nose of earth, spice and sandalwood lingering on a core of red cherries and licorice. The palate is solid with concentration expressing red cherry, raspberry, minerals and tobacco. This is very-well balanced with layered complexity showing ripe fruit, lively acidity and a fleshy character. Finishes long on finely grained tannin with hints of spice and smoke. Drink now until 2019. (1534 views)|
| ||Tasted by dundeehills on 5/22/2014 & rated 92 points: Drinking very well. Hit its peak about 1 hour after opening. Very balanced fruit and tannin, full of red and dark fruit with spice on the finish. (1353 views)|
| ||Tasted by winelover1808 on 5/11/2014 & rated 91 points: lots of lush fruit and well integrated oak for an Oregon Pinot. spice box on the finish. pretty, big and seamless. (1252 views)|
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Burghound, October 2011, Issue #44
(Domaine Serene Pinot Noir - Evenstad Reserve Villages Red) Subscribe to see review text.
|By Richard Jennings|
(Domaine Serene Pinot Noir Evenstad Reserve) Tart cherry nose; tart cherry, tart red fruit palate; medium finish 90 points
Domaine Serene Producer website
2007 Domaine Serene Pinot Noir Evenstad ReserveVINEYARD: Blend of Pommard (38%), Dijon (44%) and Wadenswil (18%) clones of Pinot Noir sourced from our vineyards grown in the Willamette Valley: (Dundee Hills 66%) and (Eola Hills 34%).
CROP YIELD & AGING: 2.14 tons/acre. Aged 18 months in French oak barrels of which 67% were new.
VINTAGE NOTES: At Domaine Serene, we've always maintained that great wines begin with great vineyards. This was particularly true of the 2007 vintage, where a myriad of weather conditions and temperature changes made for a very challenging harvest. Yes, it rained, but as fastidious as Pinot Noir may be, a little rain is not a bad thing, especially in dry-farmed vineyards. Most importantly is to have strong, proactive vineyard practices and a sound, diligent winemaking team that maintains a level head and does not panic and pick early. 2007 was a cool, wet vintage and will answer all requests for lower alcohols. The wines are beautifully integrated and drinking much softer at an earlier age – that is to say these are balanced and nuanced wines that are enjoyable now but will reward proper cellaring.
Pinot Noir Varietal character (Appellation America) | Varietal article (Wikipedia)
Pinot Noir is the Noble red grape of Burgundy, capable of ripening in a cooler climate, which Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot will not reliably do. It is unpredictable and difficult both to grow and to vinify, but results in some of the finest reds in the world. It is believed to have been selected from wild vines two thousand years ago. It is also used in the production of champagne. In fact, more Pinot Noir goes into Champagne than is used in all of the Cote d'Or! It is also grown in Alsace, Germany, the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Croatia, Serbia, Italy, Austria, and so forth, with varying degrees of success.
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