14.3% alcohol. Allowed to breathe in glass 1 hour before serving. Clear deep dark garnet-ruby color. Elegant, subdued bouquet of black cherries, framboise, cardamom, spicy oak, underbrush. Similar on the palate, full body, rich, balanced, just a bit of alcoholic heat. With excessive swirling, there were some volatile notes at first, but these blew off. Outstanding wine with plenty of life.
An Evening at the Grillmaster's House: mature oregon pinot. the education continues! earthy but also quite brawny. Cola, hints of vanilla and black fruit. mid has a touch of balsamic note, deeply savory, rich fruit, a hint of warmth at the back. finish is ripe, rustic, with hint of tartness and spice.
This was a wine of contrasts; rich and elegant with a seductive bouquet of ripe black cherry, currant, cola and sweet herbs. It turned to earthiness over time, with dark soil, herbal tones, and a hedonistic whiff of brown sugar. On the palate, I found smooth silky textures, verging on velvet yet remaining balanced throughout, with rich dark fruits, licorice, black cherry, plum and sweet herbs. The finish was long and sappy at first, yet turning fresh with concentrated ripe raspberry fruit and lingering long. (93 points)
Absolutely seamless and silky smooth, and with great balance. Red and dried red fruits with hints of spice, earth and oak. Medium body with round edges and a nice fruity finish. Probably at or perhaps just beyond its peak but overall very elegant. 91+
Garnet. Nose of ripe black cherry,strawberry, and pomegranate . For me mature but not old, likely at its peak. My last bottle. Moderately complex. What I think of as classic Oregon pinot. Did evolve over three hours and took on more complex red fruit in the last hour.
Cafe Pinot: Drinking really well; this had ripe but aging dark plum, black cherry, soft leather, light earthy notes and brown sauce. In a nice place now, not a ballet dancer, but not the burly weight lifter from other vintages either. Good match with pork belly, beans, and bearnaise.
Did I drink this too late or too soon? Hot and alcoholic, with woody, dark medicinal cherry notes. Much better on the nose than the palate. Can still taste the burn. Less extraction might have helped. 88 for the nose only.
dark cherry with a bit of plum/prune, earth, slate, asian spice; good acidity; the fruit is still young and slightly sweet; the finish has slightly bitter woody notes; good stuffing but heavier and riper than i prefer; day 2 big somewhat flabby fruit and less elegant than a young 2004 mid tier brunello--not my style
Domaine Serene Evenstead Vertical: Rusty , bloody, red ferrous fruits. Cool but ripe fruits, noticeable extract. Brambly , somewhat spicy dark red fruits. Well made for a hot vintage but vintage imprint still visible.
Bouquet of flowers, dark cherries, vanilla, and (subtle) ginger. The finish is more typical of the California central coast pinots than the Willamette Valley - very fruit forward, predominantly dark berries. The "heat" on the wine keeps it out of the mid-90 point rankings; maybe more time is needed.
Its been 3 years since I've had this wine. It has integrated well...didn't get the heat or tannins on the finish like last time. Red fruits and sweet oak on the nose. Ripe red and blue fruits, some sweet oak and a slightly spicy finish. It was very nice upon opening, but the acidity faded quickly over the course of an hour or so making the wine seem flat. Overall nice flavors but not enough verve. Probably a product of the hot vintage.
Dark ruby color, incredibly fragrant, earthy whiff with hints of cassis and black cherry. Medium-bodied with a silky texture and a fine balance of fruit, acidity and tannins. Hints of licorice, cherry up front and on the mid palate. Tannins are soft and silky on the finish. Delicious and very elegant. Drink now until 2013.
Perhaps it was not a good idea to put beside a nicely aged Burgundy, but this came out very muted, oaky, and on the palate, a little clumsy, forward. Nonetheless, a solid bottle that just did not do much beyond that. Only bottle of ten opened that night that was not completely finished.
pretty good from the get go, much better an hour later. Starts with tart red cherries, a touch of earth and pine on the finish. With time the fruits flush out and become more full, and beautiful, but the structure still stayed right there.
Medium dark ruby, nice powerful nose of strawberry and candied/brown sugar - also some earthy smell that I can't place. Very complex flavors, nice fruit, bit of heat. As it unfolds, though, this becomes one of the overcooked pinots that I just can't drink any more.
Wow. This is outstanding. Subtlety has become the name of the game with this wine.
Very subtle nose of earth, some dark fruit, black pepper, smoke. On the plate, the fruit comes out as blackberry or dark cherry with more earth and spice, all very subtle. Rich, smooth. A nice tang focussing the fruit on the back of the throat. Long pleasant finish.
This wine was 2nd of 5 in a blind Pinot Noir tasting which included Williams Selyem 2004 Flax (W0TN) , Kosta Browne Russian River (3rd), 1999 Clos de Lambrays (4th) and 2005 Penner Ash (5th). This a very enjoyable wine with smooth and silky tannins and well balanced fruit and acidity. Drinking very well now.
Enjoyed with Kim and good friends Amber and Kevin over dinner at Lake Hickory CC. Really an exceptional blended pinot from multiple vineyards from Oregon's Willamette valley. Very fruit forward and spicy bouquet with cherry, plum and white pepper as well as some floral overtones present. Good mouthfeel, full body with silky texture and pleasant surprisingly long aftertaste with prominent white pepper and black tea on the aftertaste. Surprisingly complex wine with great structure and very well integrated at this point. More fruity and complex but not quite as smooth as their single vineyard products, especially Jerusalem Hill. Definite spice and white pepper overtones with primary flavors of cherry, plum, blackberry and also some mocha, vanilla and cedar as the palate settled. Very good wine which is drinking very well at the moment - highly recommend this especially for the price point. Last of the '03's - on to the '04's.
Agree with most of previous tasting notes. Enjoyed with Kim over dinner and into the next day. Really an exceptional blended pinot from multiple vineyards from Oregon's Willamette valley. Very fruit forward and spicy bouquet with cherry, plum and white pepper as well as some floral overtones present. Good mouthfeel, full body with silky texture and pleasant surprisingly long aftertaste with prominent white pepper and black tea on the aftertaste. Surprisingly complex wine with great structure and very well integrated at this point. More fruity and complex but not quite as smooth as their single vineyard products, especially Jerusalem Hill. Definite spice and white pepper overtones with primary flavors of cherry, plum, blackberry and also some mocha, vanilla and cedar as the palate settled. Very good wine which is drinking very well at the moment - highly recommend this especially for the price point. Looking forward to the last '03 and then to the '04 comparison.
A clear maroon almost amethyst color. Beautiful bouquet of earth, granite, roses, and a light hint of heat as the alcohol shows through. Flavors or fresh cherries and tangerine rind dance across in a smooth silky finish. An excellent wine in a rough vintage...
This wine is pretty hard right now. It is clear red, trending towards California Cab rather than Pinot. From the color I would conclude this is a new world version of pinot. The nose is closed down considerably. A hint of growing berry bush and perhaps some underbrush. The palate is pretty hard on entry, with a lot of steely mineral. On the back end, the mineral gives way to some floral and red fruit flavors. I hope this is in a dead zone because it certainly does not live up to a 90+ hype, especially for $50 plus. At that price point, it is a poor value.
Really an exceptional blended pinot from multiple vineyards from Oregon's Willamette valley. Decanted for almost 3 hours and then enjoyed w/ Kim with grilled chicken, banana peppers and shiitake mushrooms. Very fruit forward and spicy bouquet with cherry, plum and white pepper as well as some floral overtones present. Good mouthfeel, full body with silky texture and pleasant surprisingly long aftertaste with prominent white pepper and black tea on the aftertaste. Surprisingly complex wine with great structure and very well integrated at this point. More fruity and complex but not quite as smooth as their single vineyard products, especially Jerusalem Hill. Definite spice and white pepper overtones with primary flavors of cherry, plum, blackberry and also some mocha, vanilla and cedar as the palate settled. Very good wine which is drinking very well at the moment - highly recommend this especially for the price point. Looking forward to last 2 '03's and then to the '04 comparison.
Pop and poured...decided to late on what to drink. Big mistake. Very tight with little aroma. Being patient people, the 4 of us drank very slowly. After dinner, wine had completely opened up with great plum and cherry flavor, medium acidity and tannins. The wine fell into great balance. DECANT FIRST IF YOU WANT TO TRULY ENJOY THIS WINE, or wait for another 6 to 12 months.
Clear ruby in the class. Fairly strong nose of dark fruit with some spice. On the palate more dark fruit and spice, perhaps a little black cherry. Tart with strong acidity. Very smooth. Medium lenght finish.
Decent bottle with a fair bit of complexity, although definitely new world in style. Red, with hints of purple and black but still transparent in the glass. Tight nose with some red fruits and some pinot funk. Palate follows with some black tea, tart cherries and balanced acidity. Back end shows some heat, but the finish is pleasant with tannins which could still use a year or two in bottle. Overall I was unimpressed considering the hype.
Anita: Dark purple, and tastes like deep purple: leather with old English conditioner on it, dark strawberry/small wildberry hints, antique shop w/some dark exotic spice, but very reserved nonetheless. Hard to get up front aromas; Mth is supple, rich, very good integrated t’s, seamless all the way through; This has got to be GREAT in 2-5-7 years. A bit shut down right now IMHO.
Dark ruby-colored in the glass. Big nose of red fruit, with a little heat. Vibrant red fruit on the mid-palate, with sweet, ripe cherries and red berry notes. Finish brings on hints of oak and spice. Finish is long and almost sticky. Superb pinot that is ready to drink and eager to please.
Tasted April 11, 2007 at an offline. Opened and served immediately in a Spiegelau Authentis Balloon Magnum glass. Dark garnet color in the glass, clear hue throughout. Nose was a bit earthy/dusty smelling with some notes of black cherries and white pepper. Flavors of black cherries, mixed berries and red cherries. Medium acidity, tannins and body. Can be drank now with some time in decanter or better held 6 months to a year. Well got ahead and call this one my WOTN.
Drank side-by-side with the 2004. Both were absolutely delicious, the 2003 being a bit more fruit-forward and "hot" (whatever that means), the 2004 was a bit more restrained - leave it on the palette and it finishes beautifully.
This is so soft and supple that it almost reminds me of a California Pinot Noir. Velvety in the mouth and more weight than I tend to look for in a Pinot Noir but the purity of the raspberry and strawberry sail through well in the mid-palate to a mouth-watering finish that just lingers...
This was a very elegant Pinot with lots of fruit. Could taste Cherry and raspberries very well along with a hint of orange peel and caramel/mocha flavor. Had this at a wine dinner with another friend and we both enjoyed this beautifully knit wine. The gentlemen that set up the wine dinner who are owners of their own Wine & Spirits shop were extremely excited about this wine and were thoroughly impressed by its flavor and texture.
Very nice balance. Good acidity but not overdone. Drank w/ parmesan/wild mushroom risotto - nice pairing. Picked up some cherry notes and a little spice. Good finish - a tad hot but not opressive. Overall a really nice bottle and I'll look for more around here.
Nice fruit and spice but was a little more tannic than I expected...the finish was a little too hot as well. I think this has the stuffing to be great but just needs a while in the cellar to balance out.
In my view -- and contrary to some of the other tasting notes here -- this is charmingly soft-spoken (at least compared to the big-name Cali Pinots that I've had lately). Like the '01 Evenstad Reserve that I liked so well (and liked better than this bottling), the '03 is a round, silky wine sporting more red berry than black. Perhaps there's some strawberry, followed up by soft spices. There's enough structure to keep it in balance, though at $47 I expected a little more profundity or pizazz. Good but not earth-shattering. Still, if it were $10 or $12 cheaper, I'd have it all the time.
While this wine was clearly from a hot year, it wasn't out of balance or overly chunky. Certainly its a big wine, but its got lovely structure backing the fruit and keeping it in balance. While not as restrained as it's single vineyard sibling, this wine is far from gauche, and I wonder whether the extra stuffing may help this wine keep aging while the Grace fades.
Tasted alongside a 2003 Flowers Andreen-Gale Cuvee. The Evenstad had tasty bright red fruit with high acidity and spice, whereas the Flowers evoked darker, mellower fruits. The alcohol interfered with my overall appreciation of the wine.