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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
From Coravin- Earthy nose, mushroom, the fruit not apparent here today (Maybe because of coravin?), blackcurrant, truffles!
Big fruit hits you straight away, raspberry, luscious, gives way to wet earth and mushrooms, light tannins are silky smooth
Maybe coravin is not the way to go with this as I think it needs some breathing room. The trouble with this wine is that it so drinkable, it never gets time to breathe Good bottle, makes me happy..what else is there?
Pours a deep ruby, but very clear. Mostly spice and earth/leather on the nose, with a hint of red fruit at the end. Palate opens with red currant and sour cherry, moves almost immediately to umami and baking spices for the middle and closes with sour cherry again. Acidity is clearly present but generally well balanced; tannins are mild and deeply integrated, leading to a light--but in no way thin--mouthfeel . Finish goes on for an outrageously long time.
The nose is very tart red fruits (cherry/blackberry) and is very inviting. In the mouth this is fantastic. Light on its feet but not thin at all. Beautiful balance of fruit/acid this is drinking really really well right now. Better than it was a year ago. Wish I had a few more of these to see further evolution but drinking it now is an absolute pleasure. Great stuff right now!
Westchester Wine School: Affordable Pinot Noir: Drank at WWS Pinot tasting. Dark ruby in color, no age showing. More full bodied than I anticipated. Lots of sweet red cherries and strawberries very much at the front here. Very new world wine in style. Some truffles and a bit of earth here, but fruit is quite dominant, and very sweet fruit! Also a bit hot. A nice wine if you prefer this style.
Had with friends and dinner last night. A delightful red-fruit dominated Pinot with near-perfect structure and a lengthy finish. A delight to drink, and everyone loved it. It got better the longer it was open.
This was a fantastic representation of what Oregon can do with Pinot. The wine seems at a drinking plateau that suggests years of rewarding consumption ahead. Great nose of fruits and spices with floral notes. What elevates this wine is the long finish, I am still tasting this after the third sentence in this note. That is one of the attributes of a 90+ wine in my book, which has yet to be written I may add. Great bottle for Pinot Friday with grilled salmon!
Drank against an 08 Rochioli RRV along with day fresh copper river salmon. The match was great. This wine had dark fruit in the nose with burgundian earth notes and spice--lovely nose, good acid and tannins to the mid plate and a long finish. My favorite of the night. Definitely in its drinking window.
Great nose start-pure rose. Color off brick crimson, with distinction look of an old burgundy. Palate of plum skin, cherry, crushed minerals. Does have an long finish of fruit and tight tannins, but in balance. If this was blinded in a tasting, I would have swore it was a burgundy.
Much better than when tasted at the winery a few years ago. This was also better with the last taste served in a Pinot noir specific glass. Medium bodied (light for RRV) with wonderful raspberry and dark fruit flavors. A well balanced wine that was more of a complement to our meal vs. On front and center stage.
W roast chicken after returning from Peru. This was a fun wine, with great potential. Medium weight. Great fruit upon opening and nice balance. This should have afew more years to become really burgundian.
Opened by Bill at E&S with locals and Vino Bevo in town. This was popped and poured. Tight as a drum, but opened nicely over the course of the evening. Black cherry and some other dark fruits on the nose and palate. I think this still needs some time. I would hold another 3-5 years at least if I had any.
Pretty nose of red cherry, caramel, violets and some earth. The palate tonight was abit more reserved with softer red and a little blue fruit, earth, spice and rather fine grained tannins on the finish. Pretty good and needed a couple of hours of air to open.
Gorgeous. Pulled it as a back-up bottle in case we didn't like the main choice and it definitely stole the show. Dark cherry fruit, vanilla, a little christmas spice, some earthy flavors and a bit of black pepper on the finish. Really delightful.
Consumed over 2 days, note from day 2. Nose: Light to medium expressiveness, dark flowers - violets, black raspberry, blueberry, and a hint of black pepper. Palate: Medium bodied, nice mouth-feel, leather, earth, subtle dark fruit, and a little spice, starts slow but builds intensity thru the backend. Finish: Medium length, dominated by spicy dark red fruit - cranberry and pomegranate. Definitely a well made wine showing good complexity, but very subdued.
nice nose, almost like a burgundy, still tight, decanted for 1.5 hrs not much of a change, fruit wasnt very forthcoming. Interesting enough I had a bottle at a friends 6 months ago and it was quite tight as well after a few hours. Suggest trying again in a year.
A WOW wine. Absolutely everything in place and where it should be... Tangy, yet lush, with focused raspberry and cherry flavours, intense finish that lasts for ages. Incredibly vibrant with outstanding mouthfeel and texture.
Purchased at a restaurant, this wine had a deep red center and pale red rims. As is always the problem with buying wine at a restaurant, I was only able to give this wine 40 minutes of air before the drinking commenced.
The wine improved dramatically during this period. Would it continue to improve? The medium intensity nose displayed black cherries, cola, and some sandalwood spice.
In the mouth, this wine had nice balance, nice rounded tannin, and good length. While it could have been better integrated, it was certainly do fine for a 2008.
My guess is that this will be best in 5 to 10 years. At that point it should pick up a point or two.
Decanted - opened up nicely. Had with a number of different foods. The wine looks Ruby colored. The legs are Fast. It smells like Raspberry, Red Currant, Cherry, Light toast, and Cedar. It tastes like Red Currant, Raspberry, Cherry, and Cedar. The body is Medium. The wine has Bright texture. The wine finishes Medium.
One of the best we've had from DS. This one is hitting it's stride now. Deep, dark red fruit, accented with just the right amount of baking spice. A gentle whiff of forest floor underlies the fruit on the nose. Beautiful.
Wood and vanilla notes steals the show at this point. IMO drink not before two more years to give time for the fruit and terciary notes to distinguist themselves from the woody notes. Still a very nice wine
Domaine Serene on Tuesday Evening: Drank side by side with the 06 Winery Hill bottling. Very similar flavor profile and mouthfeel, but just lacking abit in depth and complexity. Still plenty of softer red fruit, earth and white pepper. Quite nice.
Arizona Wine Tasting (Verde Valley, Arizona): Delicious stuff. Fresh cherries and raspberries mix with rosemary, pepper and herbal notes. Silky tannins and fresh acid. The mushroom and earth notes are complex and pure. An elegant Serene pinot.
Deep ruby color with an ethereal nose of red berries, licorice, forest leaves and tobacco. The palate is very clean and polished, and displays a delicate body with ultra silky texture and bright acidity that weaves through the mouth with flavors of red cherry, espresso, cigar box, basil, with a hint of nutmeg and cedar. Finishes long, lifted, and smooth with fine tannin. A very elegant and harmoniously balanced wine. Drink now until 2023.
Slightly dark color for an Oregon Pinot. Lots of fruit on the nose, with meduim body. Silky and smooth, but altogether much too young to drink. Lots of pieces need to come together for this to be a great wine, not sure how long it will take. I do have many vintages of DSER, and I think this will eventually (and hopefully)live up to it's hyped reputation.
A great Oregon pinot. Was surprise this stands well against 5 other California pinot we tasted tonight. The nose develops after 1-2 hours with vanilla and fruits. The finish is a bit simple but turns into a good finish after 2 hours. The flavors are only typical, not very memorable but pleasant to drink.
Wow, what an awesome wine. Outstanding, maybe approaching classic. A nice combination of delicacy and pronounced fruit - blackberries perhaps with an underlying firm minerality, acidity, and some nice peppery flavors. Finish goes on forever. Drinking wonderfully now.
This one takes thought, which has been my experience with Oregon PN in general. Also give it time to open up, my glass had much more to say a couple hours later. Nose of cherry, dust, not very strong. Palette matches with cherry layers and hint of earth, subtle play of the two. Not a powerful wine, but well made. Very smooth, and delicate but long finish. Probably a little overpriced for the reputation, which isn't surprising.
I don't drink a lot of Oregon Pinot, but with the passing of a friend who only drank that I felt compelled...
Super twangy and funky with a great acid profile and that unmistakable Pinot stink. Boysenberry and sour cherry. Great precision. Mineral. Very fine tannins, silky and long. It's quite young and linear right now, but you can't really argue with the purity and focus of this. Lovely.
Concentrated, rich nose. Big on the palate with strong tannins. Very nice finish that lingered a long time. After four days in the wine cooler it had mellowed a bit, still very flavorful, with the finish even more complex and long lasting. Quality was what I expect for the price, although many excellent PN's cost less. Very good but not really remarkable.
SMELL: Nothing stood out. Very low intensity. Nose had to go close to the glass.
TASTE: Nothing stood out. Thin. Watery. Yes, I expect Oregon pinots to be "lighter" and hoped this one would be 'elegant" and "refined" -- but it was just plain boring.
Kinda shocking considering the reviews and the price.
What's my pallate like? An aged La Tache is the best wine I ever smelled and one of the best I ever tasted. Currently love Freeman Pinot -- and Landmark Grand Detour. Had a Scherrer Pinot at restaurant in Big Sur and been trying to buy it ever since. Can't find it!
Don't care for the pinots that are too cute/fruity over-the-top and literaly come across like "jam" (Like Wild Horse used to be - but I haven't had it in years) ... There are also some new world pinot's that have this annoying kinda burnt/raisiny after taste. I don't like those.
And yes, I enjoy lighter Oregon Pinots. And I've had much less expensive ones so much more enjoyable than this.
Odd and spoofy. Viciously overripe fruit profile; dark, raisiny/pruney, but hugely acidic, to the point of being shrill. I found this virtually undrinkable - there was a big dollop of French oak to round out the package - but the non geeks at the table slurped this up. Tasted several bottles (this was at an event) with consistent results.
Lots of non integrated oak here which dominated the experience for me and overwhelmed the quality fruit notes trying to peek through; seemingly youthful in color and in every way, it may evolve into a more balanced stage and reach a semblance of pleasure, but I`m not buying any to follow up; properly labeled an “oak bomb”.
PnP'd on Maui, wonderful aromas of raspberry, cherry and light vanilla. Enjoyed at Leilani's, decanter not available, but this wine is stellar right out of the bottle. Where's a decanter when you need one? Delicious, world class pn, medium bodied w/rich dark fruit flavors, light delicate spice and pristine, meticulous integratiion of oak. Will improve over the next several years, score climbing up the ladder as this lovely wine matures.
A cranberry crimson red purchased in a restaurant. With a little more heft than generally associated with these graceful reds, this still showed a elegant silkiness that complimented the cherry, strawberry, asian spice flavors. Turned a little toward blueberry at the finish.
At first, this came off as pure NSG to me with a leathery nose, a good amount of new oak, subtle Pinot fruits and soft tannins. Over the next few hours, the wine evolved into a more new-world style with cherry flavors and a hint of cola moving to the fore. Short finish. A complex wine that offered plenty of pleasure.
Domaine Serene tasting (Knightsbridge Wine Shoppe): Darker in color than the Yamhill. Nice spicy/cinnamon notes, with earth and cherries. Very clean fruit. Strawberries, cherries on the palate. Velvety tannins, bright acidity Slight heat on the palate towards the finish. Otherwise this is a great bottle of Pinot.
Wine Reviews: Pinot Noir: SRP: $65. An intense nose of slate and gray riverbed, backed by black cherries and dark raspberries, Asian spices, and dirt. The palate opens with great acidity and weight, but finishes a bit short.
Had it at Domaine Serene VIP tasting. Was expecting brilliance given the reviews, but it's a very overrated pinot, delivering only a moderate/mediocre amount of everything (fruit, earth, length, weight, nose) that is easily forgettable among OR's better pinots. What a disappointment.