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 Vintage2008 Label 1 of 90 
TypeRed
ProducerDomaine Serene (web)
VarietyPinot Noir
DesignationEvenstad Reserve
Vineyardn/a
CountryUSA
RegionOregon
SubRegionWillamette Valley
AppellationWillamette Valley
UPC Code(s)689192370278

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2013 and 2018 (based on 32 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 319 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Sourdough on 1/23/2016 & rated 91 points: Lovely subdued nose. Light color. Somewhat light but complex flavor profile dominated by red fruit/cherry with strawberry with bramble and woody flavors. Good complex finish. Open last bottle in 2018 or later. (887 views)
 Tasted by bonedoc on 1/17/2016 & rated 92 points: Best showing yet (868 views)
 Tasted by vino_per_tutti on 1/1/2016 & rated 91 points: Cherry color with pale pink meniscus. Sour cherry, pomegranate and sandalwood on the nose; tart cherry, asian spice on the attack, black cherry, mushroom, cinnamon and cherry pie on the finish. Very good. (1003 views)
 Tasted by sesalmon on 12/16/2015 & rated 92 points: I read how young this wine is tasting and decided to open the bottle a couple of hours before dinner. Brought out the new Pinot stemware, which helped us better appreciate the aromas of blackberry, bramble, and clove. There is red berries dominated by strawberry with delectable spice and earth/mineral notes on the pallette. I really enjoyed this wine. (1014 views)
 Tasted by pdxwinefan on 12/8/2015 & rated 93 points: Similar notes as previous. Light on its feet but full of character and flavor. A relatively short finish is the only thing holding this back from a high-90s score. But terrific nonetheless. This was my last bottle, so I'm on the hunt for more. (1540 views)
 Tasted by naso on 12/4/2015 & rated 93 points: Xcelent pn - different from the caly pinos in a good way. Long sumptuous finish with blackberry, boisenbery palate. Drinking nicely now (1142 views)
 Tasted by Grenik on 12/1/2015 & rated 92 points: Nice red fruit dominated pinot. What really sets this wine off though is the structure and complexity from the mid-palate through the long and lingering finish. Cassis, anise, a little mineral, and some floral notes kept appearing and disappearing. An excellent wine. (612 views)
 Tasted by pdxwinefan on 11/26/2015 & rated 93 points: I gave this bottle a full hour decant, and wow did it open up nicely. The early acidity melts into the fruit for a nice strawberry taste. Elegant and balanced...and delicious. (969 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 11/26/2015 & rated 89 points: Dry and earthy with notes of red berries and sherbet. Tannins were evident with sharp acidity, but a little disjointed along with muted fruit. Mid-bodied and ending with a dry finish and moderate length. (585 views)
 Tasted by GoBlue2002 on 11/23/2015 & rated 92 points: Aromas of black fruit, bramble, and spice. Subtle dark berries on the palate with delicious spicy and earthy/mineral notes. Balanced acidity with smooth tannins and a long finish. Wonderful on its own, but also paired well with garlic mustard glazed salmon and roasted veggies. (1120 views)
 Tasted by jdunlap on 11/23/2015 & rated 93 points: Purchased from the winery's library back in September 2015. What a smart wine! Has everything you want in a Pinot Noir - elegance, restraint, lovely color, etc. It gives most CA Pinots a run for their money. I wish I had more of this vintage.

Previous note on this wine dated 7/26/15 is more detailed and remains applicable. (1119 views)
 Tasted by pdxwinefan on 11/5/2015 & rated 92 points: Pop and pour at a restaurant. This wine deserves decanting. It has a pretty red berry aroma and taste midpalate, with a nice finish. There's a bracing acidity to the wine that mellows over time. Quite nice. (1347 views)
 Tasted by MC2 Wines on 10/11/2015: Wedding weekend wine tasting! (Willamette Valley): I'm surprised at how young this is still tasting. Very bright and fruit forward. It's really lovely, but completely overshadowed by the wine which came right after and was my WOTD. (1572 views)
 Tasted by vino_per_tutti on 9/20/2015 & rated 87 points: LOTS of stewed red fruit, baked cherry pie and rhubarb on the nose and palate. Round and full bodied, with a tart finish. Nothing austere - or Willamette Valley for that matter - with this one. In your face cherry bomb. (1656 views)
 Tasted by pdemaio on 9/12/2015 & rated 93 points: Big and rich, particularly for OR pinot. New world and could pass for restrained California. Sweet fruit flavors.
PDQ93 (1651 views)
 Tasted by cos65 on 8/23/2015: Boerne wine club oregon pinots 2015: darker ruby colored with a nice spicy nose, red berry fruit and a hint of cinnamon. (1947 views)
 Tasted by chitowncdpguy on 8/20/2015: Terrific. Very nicely balanced with a mix of red and blue fruits, a little spice, a little smoke. Medium length finish. (1563 views)
 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.) (1886 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. (1697 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. (1655 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. (1356 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. (1441 views)
 Tasted by Iamnietzsche on 7/7/2015 & rated 85 points: Disappointing at this price point... (1226 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. (1403 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. (1337 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.

USA

WineAmerica (National Association of American Wineries) | Free the Grapes!

Oregon

Oregon Wine, Oregon Wineries (Oregon Wine Board)

Willamette Valley

Willamette Valley Wineries Association | Willamette Valley (Oregon Wine Board)

Willamette Valley

Willamette Valley Wineries Association | Willamette Valley AVA Wikipedia article

 
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