this is not beyond its peak. In fact, it may be exactly at it. Great fruit and spice, but it is the undertones of earth, mushroom and bacon that make this a wonderful bottle of wine. Each sip got more complex and more nuanced.
This bottle was the first high end Willamette Valley Pinot Noir I ever bought, and it has been well cellared for eight years until I decided I probably wasn't going to have a better occasion soon to open this than a Wednesday night crave for Pinot. :-)
I was not the least bit disappointed or sorry I did so, as this bottle was really classy and tasty. Just a bit of bricking, and surprisingly little nose of advancement. Lots of lush ripe red fruit quality, modest spice, and something like a fresh powdered mineral on the nose. All repeated on the palate but with deeper, dark fruit qualities intermingled. So a bit minerally, but not really any earthy quality to it. Great backbone, tangy to tart acidity, and overall deliciousness. Certainly an outstanding Pinot, though blind I would not have pegged it as Willamette, nor entertained as Burgundy. Might have guessed it as a Felton Road from Otago. This bottle could easily have gone years longer, but was rich and delicious tonight. 93
My limited experience with Oregon Pinot Noir has made me reluctant to let them go much past age seven. Most I have tasted seemed to tire beyond that date, but not this bottle. It is still more than hanging in there. Downside risk seems greater than upside potential but tonight it is still drinking well. Light spicy cherry fruit and very smooth and tasty.
The aged wine is brick colored with a thick opaque core. The legs are medium. There is moderate sediment in the bottle which is to be expected. On the nose it has vague raspberry, light toast, sandalwood, verbena, green olive, Herbes de Provence and wet wool. The body is medium. The wine has smooth texture. The wine finishes long with medium acidity.Much of the fruit is gone, but still a good wine,
I always have my hopes up when opening Pinot Noir. Plenty of sour cherry fruit and smoother than the last bottle. Time has calmed this wine but has not added any of the exotic allure that can make Pinot Noir so exceptional. At this point I have to assume that it is not going to happen for this vintage. Very good but not a dream catcher. No sign of the cork problem experienced by others.
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(Domaine Serene Pinot Noir Evenstad Reserve) From magnum - dark red color; appealing, tart cherry, ripe strawberry nose; silky textured, ripe cherry, strawberry, mineral palate with medium acidity; medium-plus finish 93+ points
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