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 Vintage2008 Label 1 of 26 
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 28 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 91.1 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 273 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 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. (540 views)
 Tasted by gabird on 5/14/2015 & rated 93 points: Jetta B-D

Wonderful and full body. What else to say? (593 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. (719 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. (1298 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. (1272 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 (1088 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. (1244 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 (1377 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. (1631 views)
 Tasted by mclancy10006 on 2/22/2015 & rated 90 points: Bright fruit and well balanced. Very enjoyable. (1399 views)
 Tasted by wensekj@yahoo.com on 2/20/2015 & rated 92 points: Fantastic wine. PnP for Valentine's Day dinner. Medium bodied and well balanced. Drinking very well right now. (1396 views)
 Tasted by brown57 on 2/15/2015 & rated 91 points: Decanted for an hour and then drank over two hours in pinot specific stemware. First, the good stuff. Found the '08 Evenstad to be a nicely balanced pinot. Nice legs in the glass, balanced acidity, etc. Smooth & round on the palette with notes of cherry, strawberry, & some earthy, mushroom notes. A nice OR pinot.

However, if I was blind tasting this, I would have identified it as a $25 - $30 pinot. In reality it costs more than twice that and just doesn't offer enough wow factor to justify the high price tag. Perhaps another vintage would offer more however I would need to taste it first before dropping relatively big $$ on another Evenstad reserve pinot. (1335 views)
 Tasted by KCProper on 2/9/2015 & rated 90 points: Stewed fruit and hot. There's some complexity here and it's not a bad wine but I've had way better Evenstad Reserves and way better 08's. Just a let down. Maybe it'll improve. (1572 views)
 Tasted by chrisanderika on 2/7/2015 & rated 90 points: Nose of raspberry, much caramel, almost a little mint. Medium bodied, intense palate, but weak tannins. Unctious, flirts with sweet. Stony finish. (995 views)
 Tasted by Philman15 on 1/31/2015 & rated 93 points: Extremely balanced, needed some time to fully open up. (1396 views)
 Tasted by rwilk_2000 on 1/25/2015 & rated 92 points: I just love these pinots. One of my favorites and consistently delivers. Vinturied and decanted for about an hour and drank over next 2. Very balanced. A little of a cola flavor and beautiful fragrant nose. Fruit is well integrated, little or no tanin. (1407 views)
 Tasted by galewskj on 1/8/2015 & rated 89 points: This was a pop and pour. After lackluster results and noticable tannin, it was then vinturi'd and decanted, then consumed over about 3 hours. It wasn't very enjoyable in any state. Rather sweet and 1 dimensional, although there's a nuanced whiff on the nose. This was not as good as any previous Evenstad Reserve I've had. (1741 views)
 Tasted by hoservin on 1/4/2015 & rated 91 points: Aerated with a Vinturi and decanted for 1.5 hours. Aromas of red cherry, damp earth and spice. Tart red cherry, cola, spice and fine tannins on the palate. Leads to a medium to long finish. Medium bodied. Paired with penne, chicken, radicchio and a balsamic vinegar reduction sauce. (1499 views)
 Tasted by Hazevedo on 1/3/2015 & rated 91 points: - Crimsom color. (1377 views)
 Tasted by Sauvyfan on 12/26/2014 & rated 93 points: very similar to previous note except the baking spice is becoming more pronounced. Gaining depth over time. Long finish. (1436 views)
 Tasted by DugyDog on 12/21/2014 & rated 89 points: Bright red fruits, super sweet almost syrupy. No secondary elements noted for me -- seems very 1 dimensional on the fruit side. I'm a HUGE fan of Evenstad reserve but for me this has not matured enough yet. (1540 views)
 Tasted by dundeehills on 12/13/2014 & rated 93 points: drinking very well, got even better an hour or so after opening (1433 views)
 Tasted by brouigu1 on 12/11/2014 & rated 92 points: The 08 vintage is starting to shine.

Light decant and then poured. Nice light ruby red with good clarity. Nose of bright cherry, strawberry, moss and light herbal tones.

Soft and smooth on the palate which is a nice change from the previous bottles. Red and dark cherries, slight candy taste which in this case works well. Less moss and more red earth on the palate.

Very enjoyable and the acids and tannin's are well integrated at this point. Time to start popping the 08's from Oregon finally! (1427 views)
 Tasted by baileycs on 11/29/2014 & rated 91 points: great pinot, perfect with Thanksgiving dinner. Well integrated, smooth, good stuff (1705 views)
 Tasted by bkay on 11/28/2014 & rated 94 points: Amazing right out of the bottle. Drinking amazingly well right now... (1355 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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