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 Vintage2008 Label 1 of 33 
ProducerDomaine Serene (web)
VarietyPinot Noir
DesignationEvenstad Reserve
SubRegionWillamette Valley
AppellationWillamette Valley
UPC Code(s)689192370278

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2013 and 2018 (based on 30 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 290 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by jdunlap on 7/26/2015 & rated 92 points: I don't understand the divergence of opinion. This is a lovely wine and why Oregon often gets the nod for generally producing more Burgundian Pinot Noir than California.

Wonderful red color with a bit bit of bricking at the edge, but clearly within the optimal drinking zone for the next five years. Nose of cherries and raspberries and subtle notes of forest. Flavors mimic the nose (cherries and raspberries mostly) and include a wonderful trifecta of red licorice, plus high notes of watermelon and peony toward the end. Good acidity.

A gift from jeffreylubowski, who loves this wine and this vintage.

PS No cola element, which one associates with Russian River Pinot Noirs, which is neither a positive or a negative. Fortunately, I like both regions.

(Served with chicken and herb-raosted tomatoes in a pan sauce plus mash and white beans on the side.) (387 views)
 Tasted by Sauvyfan on 7/16/2015 & rated 94 points: Last of the '08's. Truly remarkable on night two. This has 10+ years left. (688 views)
 Tasted by huevosconvino on 7/14/2015: Quite nice, though I can see why some people think this wine is overripe; my bottle was nicely balanced but it could tend into the boozy kirsch side of Oregon Pinot if you caught it at the wrong time. Drink now? Hard to tell where this wine will go next. (768 views)
 Tasted by ajbergren on 7/11/2015 & rated 88 points: Deep Ruby. Sappy, medium plus intensity nose with ripe cherry and gentle wood spice. On the palate it is dry, medium bodied, with medium to medium plus acidity, round integrated tannin, and a touch of alcohol burn. Flavour attack is cherry and pomegranate, which softens to oak spice at mid-palate, with a medium finish length of smokey wood. This wine is a bit over-powered, such that the initial varietal Pinot aromas are a bit lost on the palate, which brings to mind California Pinot more than Oregon or Burgundy, which is a bit against expectations, and for me, does not justify the price point. (645 views)
 Tasted by randyjc on 7/8/2015 & rated 85 points: I have now tasted ten bottles of this wine and there is a fairly significant bit of bottle variability. I have found the wine to be lush and soft medium-bodied and I have found it to be the "vodka-infused cherry cough syrup" (well, not quite that bad) described by others in these notes. This most recent bottle was merely okay on the first night and had gone around the bend the second, trending more toward the uglier notes about the wine. I have two or three bottles and I doubt they will last longer - I don't think there is any potential for improvement and any flaws will only be enhanced by time. (784 views)
 Tasted by Iamnietzsche on 7/7/2015 & rated 85 points: Disappointing at this price point... (710 views)
 Tasted by Kukeymon on 6/29/2015 & rated 82 points: I had the 2007 of this wine 3 weeks ago which was an unbalanced and over oaked let down. 2008 was somewhat better but still not worthy. Earthy aromatics smell soapy. The taste is very much smucker cherry so ripe that any floral aromatics of Pinot is suppressed. Even knowing it is not the premier cru of Nuits St George, this wine is still so in need of any hint of character. 1 hour in the glass, the nose and finish is all vanished, just like Domaine Serene is gone from my shopping list. (925 views)
 Tasted by mclancy10006 on 6/21/2015 & rated 92 points: Used a venturi on this and it opened it up quite a bit. Good balance and ripe fruit starting to see some more complexity. I would drink these now to the next 24 months. (901 views)
 Tasted by Merengue on 6/20/2015: Part of the blind tasting Oregon Pinot Noir. Finished 1/6 in terms of Group preference. Rest of the line up was
Beaux Freres 2012 3/6
Argyle Spirit House 2008 4/6
Ken Wright Abbott Claim 2012 5/6
White Rose Estate Willamette Valley 2012 2/6
White Rose Guillen Vineyard 2012 6/6 (802 views)
 Tasted by dundeehills on 6/12/2015 & rated 92 points: Drinking beautifully, well integrated and smooth. Worth the time in cellar. (1060 views)
 Tasted by hoservin on 5/31/2015 & rated 91 points: Aerated with a Vinturi and decanted for one hour. Nose of cherry, plum and spice. Red cherry, forest floor and fine tannins on the palate. Leads to a medium to long, soft, dry finish. Medium bodied. Paired with dry rubbed, barbecued chicken. (1103 views)
 Tasted by salil on 5/28/2015 & rated 65 points: CT blind tasting group does new and old world Pinot (Brian's): On the first sip this was a blast of dense, overripe, roasted red fruit, and I said then that I didn't like it but at least didn't find it hideously offensive, as I might find a modern Rolland Bordeaux or a SQN. I recant those statements, having given this a bit more air. Fifteen minutes later: the same roasted, overripe red fruit, but now overwhelmed by toasty oak, more oak, and a note of VA. Downright awful. (1541 views)
 Tasted by indiscriminate palate on 5/28/2015 & rated 72 points: TTTG Blind Pinot: I was shocked when this was revealed and it reaffirms the value of blind tasting. Oak-infused vodka with a bit of offensively-ripe red fruit. I have no idea if this was a representative bottle, but if it is, I cannot understand the other tasting notes. (1214 views)
 Tasted by WMWG on 5/28/2015 & rated 65 points: TTTG (Brian's House): Warm, ripe and stemmy fruit are apparent on the nose and continue into the palate where cooked dark red fruit and oak prevails underneath a glossy/ syrupy body. On the palate, this came across as vodka-infused cherry cough syrup.
Poor (1234 views)
 Tasted by bonedoc on 5/27/2015 & rated 91 points: Ditto last note, a lovely wine. (1083 views)
 Tasted by ewsds on 5/16/2015 & rated 91 points: Seems to be in its peak drinking window now. Red fruit oriented, it's structure is now moving to the background and secondary characteristics are developing. Drinking well now. (1297 views)
 Tasted by gabird on 5/14/2015 & rated 93 points: Jetta B-D

Wonderful and full body. What else to say? (1205 views)
 Tasted by ChrisinSunnyside on 5/10/2015 & rated 92 points: In an excellent spot. Beautiful wine with salmon. Or by itself. Sorry this is my last bottle. (1217 views)
 Tasted by prasm on 4/15/2015 & rated 91 points: Consumed over 2 days (vacuvined), note from day 2. Nose: Medium-plus expressiveness, black cherry, fresh strawberry, with hints of smoke and rose petals - very intriguing. Palate: Medium bodied, cherry, bacon, and Asian spice attack, acidic back-bone provides nice balance, good mid-palate persistence carries all the way thru a back-end dominated by spicy red fruit which persists thru a 30-45 second finish. (1620 views)
 Tasted by jmottern on 4/6/2015 & rated 87 points: Opened the bottle and let it sit for 30 minutes. Nice nose with a medium body but fruit was flat. Finish was dry. Disappointed as this is a good winery but glad that I did not buy more of this wine. (1543 views)
 Tasted by Bandreas on 4/4/2015: Dark color, with purple tinge.
Jammy nose, full bodied, some sweetness, a faint whiff of Pinot Noir
On palate more jam, hollow in the middle and some foursquare end. Lacks complexity and charm
Not my idea of a good Pinot Noir (1333 views)
 Tasted by Mattias S on 4/3/2015 & rated 91 points: Riktigt härligt vin med oerhört fin frukt åt tranbär, körsbär, ingefära, blodapelsin och rabarber med kraftiga fat som bidrar med smörkola, kaffe och sandelträ. Viss kryddighet åt lagerblad i bakgrunden. Slankt och välstrukturerat, rent ut sagt burgundiskt i munnen, men mer åt det rustika hållet (Pommard, Volnay). Heltorrt och tanninrikt. (1497 views)
 Tasted by roybivens on 3/21/2015 & rated 93 points: We tasted the 2010 WS 95 / #3 of 2013 side by side with the 2008 WS 93. Both of them scored 93, but for different reasons. Both were very enjoyable with our parchment salmon dinner, yet the 2008 won consensus for best of the two. The 2010 had a smoother finish out of the bottle, and definitely lives up the the WS description of deft. But the 2008 kept getting better and was the favored choice by the end of the evening. Can't go wrong with either, but, at least right now, I would choose the 2008 over the 2010 – for taste and value.
2008 Score = [ 50 + 5 + 13 + 18 + 7 ] = 93
2010 Score = [ 50 + 5 + 14 + 16 + 8 ] = 93 (1572 views)
 Tasted by msuwright on 2/24/2015 & rated 93 points: A graceful Oregon Pinot. Tastes of sour cherry mix with herbal notes, with a light but layered finish. Seems similar to a good premier cru Volnay, with the same acidity but with a little less complexity. (1806 views)
 Tasted by mclancy10006 on 2/22/2015 & rated 90 points: Bright fruit and well balanced. Very enjoyable. (1570 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Allen Meadows
Burghound, June 2012, Issue #47
(Domaine Serene Pinot Noir - Evenstad Reserve Villages Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (4/6/2013)
(Domaine Serene Pinot Noir Evenstad Reserve) Medium dark ruby color; appealing, lifted, tart black cherry, black raspberry, cola, nutmeg nose; ripe and tart black raspberry, black cherry, tart boysenberry palate with good acidity; needs 2-3 years; medium-plus finish  91 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (9/13/2012)
(Domaine Serene Pinot Noir Evenstad Reserve) Medium dark red color; spicy tart cherry, raspberry nose; rich, spicy tart cherry, raspberry palate; medium-plus finish 91+ points  91 points
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Domaine Serene

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2008 Domaine Serene Pinot Noir Evenstad Reserve

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Vintage: 2008
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Appellation: Willamette Valley
Harvest Date: October 7-October 28 2008
Barrel Aging:
17 months
70% new French oak
Alcohol %: 14.10
Blend of Pommard (40%), Dijon (51%) and Wadenswil (9%) clones of Pinot Noir sourced primarily from the Dundee Hills (66%) and the Eola Hills (34%).

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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