2008 Domaine Serene Pinot Noir Evenstad Reserve
The 2008 Evenstad Reserve has a super-expressive nose of smoke, spice, mineral, incense, black cherry, and black raspberry. This leads to a medium-bodied, stuffed wine containing layers of ripe fruit, outstanding volume, vibrant acidity, and a lengthy, velvety finish. It will benefit from 2-3 years of additional bottle age and will offer prime drinking from 2012 to 2020.
Domaine Serene’s 2008 Pinot Noirs are outstanding across the portfolio.
by Jay Miller, Issue #191, October 2010
--The Wine Advocate
Sleek and tangy, tightly focusing its cherry, raspberry and mineral flavors on a taut frame. Finishes with intensity and a hint of black olive. Drink now through 2018. 8,000 cases made. –HS
May 31, 2012
Dark, full, generous and ripe to the far edge of elegance, this powerful Pinot is saturated with black fruits, annotated with fennel, pepper, smoke and espresso, the rich and varied flavors rolling right through a lush midpalate and on into a gently fading finish. Retasted over 24–48 hours, it continued to evolve and develop additional nuances. A wine to cellar for a decade or more.
— P.G. (6/1/2012) — 94
Blend of Pommard (40%), Dijon (51%) and Wadenswil (9%) clones of Pinot Noir sourced primarily from estate vineyards grown in the Dundee Hills (70%) and Eola Hills (30%).
CROP YIELD & AGING
2.23 tons/acre. Aged 17 months in French oak barrels of which 70% were new.
Cool weather in September delayed ripening, and the threat of rain was ever present as it had been in 2007. But unlike the previous vintage, when rain challenged the harvest late, the sun came out in October, the clouds dispersed and a late season warming trend hit the Dundee Hills. With no rain, we were able to harvest at an even pace with controlled ripening and perfect hang times. The 2008 wines are reminiscent of the wonderful 2000 vintage; great purity of fruit and structure. Critics and fans alike agree that these wines may someday be counted as some of the best made in Oregon.
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