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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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!
- 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.
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.
This is really in a great spot right now. Red Fruits, raspberries and cherries, and baking spices, cinnamon and nutmeg, with depth, earthy, showing lots of layers, while fresh with a long finish. Sporadic vanilla notes on the finish. An elegant wine that gained some weight and tannins with time. So much for a weak vintage.
An elegant wine, with fresh cherry, rich dark fruits (not sure which ones), and a long finish that really lingers. I did pick up a bit too much oak on the finish for my taste - but over all I really enjoyed this bottle. I think they're getting better with time.
Fairly robust pinot noir. Medium to dark garnet color. Nose is cherry, licorice and pine needles. Reasonably well balanced. Medium to rich mouthfeel. Flavors reflect the nose with some oak and vanilla as well. Reasonable life left, probably better and more complex in another 3-5 years if cellared properly in my view.
Sigh. Completely inconsistent, except for the fact that each bottle after the first I opened 15 months ago disappoints in new ways. In this bottle, the cork was intact and fresh. But the wine smells and tastes metallic. The bottle is not spoiled. But I am. I expect excellence at this price point. I will not buy again.
This is really a nice medium bodied pinot that is very flavorful and a wonderful drinker but was also very nice with the chicken pot pie I had. Smooth wine with a nice lightly spiced finish. Drink now to 2015
Medium ruby in color. Cherry and spice on the nose. Firm tannins. Flavors of cherry, red berries and spice. A hint of a metallic tang in the finish, very faint. This wine was a bit tight and I will reserve final judgment until day 2.
Initially very tightly wound, and relatively thin and unappealing. After a day's oxygenation the nose is a beautiful multilayered cavalcade of strawberries, cherries, anise, sherbet, caramel and a dollop of Burgundian barnyard.
Like the nose the palate is initially pretty thin, but fills out dramatically over time. Feminine and very pretty indeed, but this is a slow burner. Restrained and well integrated oak. Overall a beautiful and subtle wine which demands patience. 24 hours slow ox did the job for me. Pop and pour and you will be sorely disappointed.
This wine made me chuckle once unvailed at the recent blind PN tasting. I did guess Oregon correctly but was surprised by the producer. I have pretty much avoided buying this wine because; its so common on restaurant list and they seem pretty full of themselves but I have to say I loved this blind without my prejudices against it at play. It was totally in my wheel house and quite elegant. 2007 remains a great sleeper vintage if the winery knew what they were doing. I'll keep an eye out for some if its available for a really good price. Still don't like the image they portray but what's in the btl is cool.
Monthly Tasting Group: Blind Pinots Worldwide (Cafe Lurcat, Mpls, MN): Medium red color. PNP, drank 1 glass blind over 60 minutes. The nose was nice, cherry, sous bois, ripe berry, and spice, only later did the damp earth emerge. The palate is elegant, light-medium bodied, light tannins, berry, molasses, spices. Nice balance, really good. As good as this was, the nose was not quite as effusive as some bottles and a short decant would have been helpful.
This wine reminds me of why I usually do not agree with WE. How this ever received a 95 rating I have no idea. It is thin and tart on the palate and it really has no depth or distance in the mouth. Decent floral nose but smells crisp and thin. A very pale flavor with almost an acrid or bitter arrogance. I disagree with the ratings on this one and would not purchase.
- Garnet color - Dark fruit, leather, and a touch of barnyard on the nose. Strawberries, blackberries, and a touch of spice. This has California flavor with Oregon subtlety. Long finish. It will be interesting to see how this evolves.
Day 1: PnP - Nose is restrained, aromas held in tight. hints of red fruit and oatmeal-based bar soap. Palate brings mild attack of more muted red fruit, lots of wood on the mid, and medium length finish of mostly tannins and stems. Day1 = 88 points.
This is a very good, but not great Oregon Pinot Noir. Double decanted and served with grilled standing rib. Dark ruby color. Initial nose of black cherries, touch of green apple, and berries. Good mouthfeel, moderate length and good finish. Fairly expensive, but a very pleasant wine.
My first taste of this wine was last night at dinner. It was smooth, and went well with the three main entries of duck, fish, and tofu. It was medium bodied, and the color is still fresh. My impression was that it is a good wine with food, but it had no real "wow" factor for me. We did pop and pour the wine without dencanting. There was six of us so we finished the entire bottle on the first round. My wife, however, really liked this wine, and raved about it twice after the meal. She is not particularly interested in wine, so this really surprised me. Perhaps she paid more attention to the wine, or maybe she just liked its smoothness, or maybe she tasted something I didn't. I would be happy to drink it again, and it goes well with food. But, it is not the star itself, the food is the star, and it blends in unobtrusively. That is my impression.
From a tough vintage, this still manages to shine with some good chocolate cherry notes that persist through a long finish; there`s something ethereal that seems to project this wine further and for more pleasure.
Had a bottle of the Two Barns cuvée yesterday, and I have to say that the always reliable Evenstad Reserve is just about an equivalent wine. Given that Two Barns is 50% more expensive, I think that I'd choose the Evenstad every time.
Clear dark ruby. Nose of black cherry, dark fruit, vanilla, smoke, and spice. Medium to light palate of black cherry, fig, cola, spice, and vanilla. Good length. Nice acidity. This is my third bottle of this wine (see previous tasting notes). It is not growing on me. Not up to the level of several previous vintages of Evenstad Reserve. Still OK, but nothing special.
Tasting menu at La Belle Vie (La Belle Vie, Mpls): Dark red color. Pnp, drank 2 glasses over an hour plus. Absolutely stellar. Very consistent with last note. Finesse, beautiful berry fruit, earth and mushrooms, floral notes, vanilla and spice with so much richness on the palate. Long finish. This drinking well and getting better.
Fruit and oak caramel on the nose, very fruity palate too -- cherry and rasberry, but had additional elements which overcame my aversion to domestic pinots... Some light barnyard/shrooms, and a touch of spice... Good outcome for a hotel lobby wine in Minn / St Paul
Nice finesse and a beautifully more full bodied offering with lots of bright strawberries and cream fruit up front followed by earth and some wet dog. Palate has some sweet tannin structure along with moderate acidity and lower alcohol. The wine has some nice weight overall. Really well made. I consistently like the Evenstad bottling year to year. Approachable yet intriguing.
A solid pinot in every way. Out of the bottle with great color, terrific and consistently smooth fruit (sweet/ripe berry) with smooth oak finish. I enjoy this wine and would go to it and a stable friend on any wine list.
Always reliable. Round, red fruit with cherry cola, sassafras, some licorice and earthy undertones. The oak influence is not in anyway obtrusive. All-in-all, a nice bottle of wine that demonstrates quite abit of finesse.
Wednesday, for real this time... (Andrew's House): Popped and poured, followed or approximately 1.5 hours. Deep ruby red in the glass. On the nose, this showed ripe cherry liqueur, a touch of seaweed, spice, fresh picked herbs and some grapefruit like citrus notes. The oak here is tastefully done. On the palate, sweet red cherries, herbs, and a hint of earth. The finish is moderate, but needs just a touch more acidity/tartness to balance the ripeness of fruit. Reasonable balance, and a quality wine, but not my favourite style of Pinot Noir.
Sharpen the saws because there's lots of wood here. Toasty redwood on the nose. Great silky texture. Lower acid. Strawberry, cola, blackberry flavors. Wood on the palate. Toasty oak on the finish. I had to double check the vintage on the label. Seems overdone and does not really reflect the cool growing season. This fruit was manipulated somehow?
Similar to 1/12/12 note. Dark, clear ruby. Nose of black cherry, smoke, spice, and vanilla. Medium palate of cherry, strawberry, spice, cola, and vanilla. Decent length. Food-friendly acidity. Silky texture. Lacks the "it factor" I have come to expect in Evenstad Reserve. A weak vintage for this wine. My wife gives it a B minus.
I opened this bottle with high hopes and I was not disappointed in the least. This was a very well put together wine that blends the new pinot and old world Burgs very nicely. The nose lead me to a nice medium bodied pinot that was confirmed upon first drink. This was very smooth with an enjoyable long finish that had just the slightest amount of spice that makes you want more. Drinking pretty well now or could wait up to 2014
First day was bit sweet, sappy with pine tree like oak, a bit much, but very good for the vintage -I could tell. Had a few hours of air, but still... 2nd day from the bottle, it balanced out, much better, but a bit oaky and concentrated. I prefer finesse style Pinot from Oregon. Either way, give this 2007 Reserve another 2-5 years to balance out etc.
Drink or hold, in a good drinking window now but enough backbone, structure and tannins for a few more years of aging and improvement including some anticipated softening and additional complexity. This is a real beauty from the Oregonian Willamette Valley, one of the most Burgundian pinots produced in the new world year in and year out. I highly recommend this wine, we buy it every year, and it is not an unreasonable QPR at the average CT price. Dark red, medium bodied, softening nicely with well balanced tannins and fruit, great mouth feel, a reasonably long aftertaste. Nose soft, aromatic and surprisingly floral with red cherry, pepper, mulling spices and a florat note on the end. Primary flavors consisted of red cherry, more white then black pepper, blueberry and a hint of smoke on the end. Very glad to have 13 more bottles to track aging and maturing. Paired very well recently with a multi-course cajun meal.
Great nose with a mix of red berry and earth and slight candy. Palate evolves through light red berries and just the slightest touch of earth. At one point, a cotton candy came in. It's silky smooth but very lightweight. There's not a rough edge on this wine - drinks like water. Unfortunately, I would have preferred a bit more pizazz.
Serene Supreme. My first bottle of this beauty. Dark ruby body, with light ruby rim. Nose of spring flowers and ripe berries. On the palate, blueberries -- good acid, yet a touch sweet on the end, cherry-vanilla. Wonderfully Willamette.
Opened 30 min. Translucent Ruby with a hint of Brick. Slow legs. Delicate nose of Cherry, Vanilla, Spice, Tar and Oak. Tastes of Strawberry, Rasberry and Mineral. Nicely Balanced. Soft texture. Medium finish. 13.9% ABV.
Burgundian nose and palate with N Amer ripe fruit. needed a while to show. Cherry, strawberry with concentration and balance of a great wine. nice clean , lingering finish. Almost thought of Volnay. Needs food.
Good nose, color is a bit light but no biggy. Had with artic char, sweet potato and a brocolini/brussel sprout combo. It was an easy match and held up very well. Berries, oak wood, maybe a bit heavier on the oak than most not overwhelming.
Had a taste of this last night at the DC Cochon 555 event. This seemed to have a lot of oak on it and the wine was much bigger than one would expect from an 07, which IMO have been drinking well right now in general. Decent wine overall, but was a little disappointed with how it showed. A forward styled wine made with the 07 vintage, so not a very good mix fromt he get go IMO.
Purchased at a restaurant, this wine had a deep red center with bright red rims. The high- intensity nose was impressive and showed sour black cherry, cola, and some soil notes.
This wine was refined at first, got a bit tougher and a hint angular after an hour, and then smoothed out nicely in hour 3. It was very ripe and rich, as one might expect of a top tier new world pinot. However, it also had nice structure and length. I am not sure how it would age but I might be inclined to bet on it.
While the nose was nice with plenty of fruit, there still is quite a lot of acid in the wine. I found the body of the wine to still be quite immature needing atleast 5 more years in the bottle. I think we will all find this to be a very different wine in 3 - 5 years, and certainly by then true to the reputation of the Label.
Good bottle, nothing bad to say about it other than a little lighter than I like pinot. This is a medium weight pinot and I like a heavier pinot. But a very enjoyable bottle that was easy drinking, no edges.
One of our perennial favorites, the 2007 vintage is fairly typical of this label although seemingly slightly lighter and more subdued fruit than some years; ruby color, medium bodied, raspberry, hint of black berry, strawberry, rhubarb, dusty rose with a touch of cinnamon spice.
Impromtu Wine Lunch (Rocknroller's (Kevin's)): Dark red color. Popped and aerated into glasses. Drank 2 glasses over 3 hours. Really nice perfume of earth, mushroom, vanilla, strawberry, raspberry. The palate has great finesse, very smooth, good purity, strawberry, raspberry, some spice, and a hint of coffee on the end, long finish. Drinking beautifully. My WOTN.
This has a dark, rich nose layered with sandalwood, spice and rich black cherry. Beautiful fruit with focused and lengthy concentration. Wonderfully balanced wine! Sweet strawberry, raspberry and cherry flavors with a slight hint of rhubarb. Layered, complex, delicious.
Individually tar red cherries & raspberries, the wine opened to reveal more complexity, with a lovely nice and a taste of cherry, vanilla, spice, tannins and moss / forest floor. Good now, but probably better with a year of bottle age.
Dark clear ruby. Nose of black cherry, vanilla, and spice. Medium palate of juicy Pinot fruit that skews a bit toward the dark side of the Pinot spectrum. Decent length. Pleasant acidity. Very good wine, but lacks the "wow" factor I have come to expect from Evenstad Reserve.
Pop and pour at the Flying Fish, Orlando. Light ruby in color, spice and wood on the nose with some cherry and oak on the palate. Good balance with a Medium finish with light tannins. A nice unassuming wine that let the food be the star, paired well with everything from the cheese plate to the pork tenderloin with fig sauce.
Half bottle; pop and pour and pour at Haven in Houston. A nice, light and elegant Pinot Noir that allows some earthiness and minerality to show through. Red cherry and raspberry fruit and some acidity. This is a nice example of a quality Orgeon Pinot Noir that is clearly New World but more subdued than its California bretheran.
Decent nose of cherries and oak followed by a touch of heat. Lots of sour cherries, oak and some mildly grainy tannins on the medium full palate. Finishing with good length but bitter and drying. Drinkable but not memorable.
Dark red color. Aerated into the glass. Drank over 60 minutes. Nose is lovely with forest floor, subtle earth notes, raspberry, cherry, vanilla. The palate really shines with good concentration, good acid, ripe berries and cherry, excellent balance, and longering finish. This is another example of a stellar 2007 from Oregon. 92+pts.
From the wine list at Tilia, in Minneapolis. Darker ruby than the Patricia Green '09 we also had, and less transparent. Light to medium body. Red fruit, cherry and perhaps cranberry on the nose. Red fruit on the palate, but much less fruit forward the the P.Green, and a note of something darker and distinctly un-fruity, perhaps charcoal. So more challenging.
Aromas are quite pleasant, if a bit typical of pedestrian Oregon Pinot Noir. But here, the spicy, fruity charred oak aromas are a bit more expressive than usual. This is coupled with a light charcoal, and overall impressive spice and delicious red fruited texture; almost like strawberry fruit extract and chili spice poured in pound cake. But that sweet oak streak runs throughout. The palate is quite large, with decent fruit extract, mild oak and tannins, and acidity barely enough to balance out the fruit. The finish is a little hot, but shows some decent acid spice, tar, and strawberry extract. Grippy fruit. Pleasant, but feels manipulated, and I'm not quite sure what it's trying to express. It still doesn't come together as a complete package, even if it is quite delicious.
Opened 1 hour before tasting. Darker than the '07 Clos de Lambray tasted besides. Dried cranberry / tart cherry / menthol on nose. Palate consistent with full body & some tannins noticeable on long finish. I really enjoyed this (although I tend to like bigger Pinots and this wine was more fruit driven than a Burgundy) and this fooled a few tasters who thought it might be a Marchand Corton Grand Cru (when tasted blind). 92+ would buy again.
Handcrafted Tasting (Double Tree Inn): Very nice! A poster child for balance with subtle pomegranate, earthy spices, rose and red cherry. Earth and mushroom on the long finish. Light but doesn't miss any spots on the palate.
Ruby color; sticks and stones aspect in the nose with black cherry aromas that meld really well with the subtle spice; dried herbs, small forest berries; mth is very silky, good balance, very spicy in the mouth, if not in the nose; slightly earthy medium finish. This was ok in a reg. cab glass at the store, but taking it home and tasting in an Oregon Pinot glass (yes, Riedel makes one) it absolutely sailed. Can't say if it was all a result of the glass, or a bit more time re-corked, but I'm starting to think these specialized glasses might have something going on.