The Evendstad Reserve is a Pinot Noir that is fully capable of richly rewarding being aged for 20 years, and this 2006 almost half way is on track to achieving that. Looking at an inch pour in the glass, this Pinot is every bit as dark in color as Tuscan wines, Merlots, and Cabernet Sauvignons, though the dark color does fade to a lighter red at the edge. The nose is an inviting black cherry and black raspberry. The sip shows bright and juicy acidity with no tartness, a fruit shift into blackberry, excellent concentration, a caressing feel, and softened but still firm and drying tannin. The swallow echoes everything earlier with good energy and punch, slowly ebbing into a dry finish after about a minute. While not as great as the 1984, this 2006 remains one of the best Pinots made in Oregon, that is competitive with Pinots from anywhere else in the world.
Good though slightly subdued nose. Moderate color. No browning on edges. Riper and lower in acidity than most Evsnstad. Long cherry/raspberry finish. Still holding together but probably past peak by my taste. Very nice but somewhat Cali in style for Oregon.
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(Domaine Serene Pinot Noir Evenstad Reserve) Medium dark red violet color; rich, ripe cherry, raspberry, French oak nose; velvety, solid, tart red fruit, cranberry, raspberry, vanilla palate; medium-plus finish (blend of 55% Dijon, 27% Pommard and 18% Wadenswil clones; aged 15 mos. in barrel, 48% new)