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 Vintage2007 Label 1 of 88 
ProducerDomaine Serene (web)
VarietyPinot Noir
DesignationEvenstad Reserve
SubRegionWillamette Valley
AppellationWillamette Valley
UPC Code(s)689192370278

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2012 and 2018 (based on 27 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Domaine Serene Pinot Noir Evenstad Reserve on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90.8 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 345 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by frontenac on 1/28/2016 & rated 92 points: A different style of PN than I'm used to drinking. Dark and serious,but complex and well balanced. Great bouquet, which developed more the 2nd and 3rd day. A great experience. One of the best Oregon PN's I've had. (300 views)
 Tasted by VinoAddict on 1/3/2016: In the glass, this wine was a dark burgundy color and had some wonderful aromas of raspberry, dark cherry, forest floor and vanilla. On the palate, it was silky smooth with great structure and a lingering finish. It was at its peak on Day 2. I think this one has plenty of time left to age gracefully in the cellar... (495 views)
 Tasted by tcosgriff on 12/26/2015 & rated 98 points: Burgundy color with a wonderful bouquet and flavor of raspberries, dark cherries, and vanilla, as well as allspice. Very silky on the palate with a seamless elegance. Excellent definition and nuance with a long finish. The Marcassin Three Sisters wine, drunk on Christmas day, was just as glorious, but grainier and perhaps riper. Each of these wines was grand in its own way, and left the great Burgundies drunk along with them far behind. (439 views)
 Tasted by mrecknor on 12/24/2015 & rated 91 points: Opened 2 bottles for Christmas Eve dinner for 8, serving salmon and beef. Poured both through an aerator into pitchers, then let sit for 1 hour before returning to the bottles for service at the table. Nose was muted, but fruit expressed very nicely on the tongue while drinking. The age revealed the fine structure of this wine with a very gentle mouth feel. Received very enthusiastically by all present. A terrific Pinot. (415 views)
 Tasted by Bowmanifesto on 12/2/2015 & rated 92 points: My last bottle of this superb Serene. This one is equally as wonderful as the previous two. At its peak now: Enjoy! (780 views)
 Tasted by LJD on 11/2/2015 & rated 92 points: Well integrated with good balance and delicious. Much better than the bottle I'd had earlier in the year. (971 views)
 Tasted by levinml on 10/17/2015 & rated 92 points: Much better than last time, and guess my assessment that my taste buds were messed up were accurate. This was nicely balanced, easy to drink with lots going on. May get better for another couple years, but no reason not to drink now. (980 views)
 Tasted by Rollerball on 9/12/2015 & rated 91 points: The nose draws you in with red cherries and rust; the tiniest bit of orange zest and spice. Delicious in the mouth but if any critique, it's a tad liquor-like and sweet. (1278 views)
 Tasted by Bowmanifesto on 8/26/2015 & rated 92 points: Wouldn't it be loverly, loverly, loverly. (1376 views)
 Tasted by Jshire on 8/24/2015 & rated 94 points: We had the 2007 two years ago, however this wine is definitely improving with time. A mouth watering Burgundian with dried fruit and a slight mineral edge. This is great example of what Domaine Serene is doing right. (1243 views)
 Tasted by StraightnoChaser on 7/30/2015 & rated 91 points: A great food wine. PnP and enjoyed throughout a two hour, four course meal. Pleasant nose but not overpowering. The acidity was a perfect match for the duck and ham chop entrees. Earthy, bitter cherry and vanilla with a good lengthy finish. (1267 views)
 Tasted by tkowal23 on 7/22/2015: Great Pinot with subtle full body flavor. (1263 views)
 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. (1358 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. (1220 views)
 Tasted by lirvingham on 5/26/2015 & rated 92 points: Great! Surprisingly big for a Pinot which is exactly what I like. Long long mid palate. (1218 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. (1056 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?) (983 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. (984 views)
 Tasted by Rollerball on 4/17/2015 & rated 90 points: Good varietal characteristics at a pleasing amplitude, no hard edges. (1064 views)
 Tasted by LJD on 4/17/2015 & rated 88 points: A little on the sweet side with none of that Willamette Valley charm. (396 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. (1053 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. (1553 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. (1533 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. (2059 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. (1846 views)
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By Allen Meadows
Burghound, October 2011, Issue #44
(Domaine Serene Pinot Noir - Evenstad Reserve Villages Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (6/18/2011)
(Domaine Serene Pinot Noir Evenstad Reserve) Tart cherry nose; tart cherry, tart red fruit palate; medium finish  90 points
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Domaine Serene

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2007 Domaine Serene Pinot Noir Evenstad Reserve

VINEYARD: 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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