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Domaine Serene Chardonnay Dundee Hills Evenstad Reserve 2015

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

There's some obvious oak on the nose here along with a creamy base note upon which aromas of green apples, tart citrus and earthy nutty tones are layered. This is fabulous int he mouth with a great burst of ripe yet fresh fruit framed out with a bit of toasty and buttery oak but the wine remains bright, tense and light on its feet in the mouth. The wood treatment is well balanced for the fresh fruit with the tartness and slight hardness of the wine well balanced by the softening effects of the wood. Should improve over the short term at least but shows a fine synthesis of old world technique with new world fruit. 93pts

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Domaine Serene:
Domaine Serene, named after Ken and Grace Evenstad’s daughter, Serene, has been named one of Oregon’s best wineries on multiple occasions. In 1999, Domaine Serene was named by Robert Parker as one of two great producers of Pinot Noir in Oregon. Since being founded in 1989 with just 42 acres, the winery has quickly expanded, with a current total of 462 acres of land in Yamhill Coun... Read more
Domaine Serene, named after Ken and Grace Evenstad’s daughter, Serene, has been named one of Oregon’s best wineries on multiple occasions. In 1999, Domaine Serene was named by Robert Parker as one of two great producers of Pinot Noir in Oregon. Since being founded in 1989 with just 42 acres, the winery has quickly expanded, with a current total of 462 acres of land in Yamhill County. Of the 150 acres under vine, 95% of the grapes are planted to Pinot Noir, and the remaining land is planted to Chardonnay. In 2011, Erik Kramer took up the reins as winemaker to ensure that their legacy of extremely well-received wines lasts for years to come. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Domaine Serene Chardonnay Dundee Hills Evenstad Reserve

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
4.50 5
Vintage: 2009 10/22/2013

There's some obvious oak on the nose here along with a creamy base note upon which aromas of green apples, tart citrus and earthy nutty tones are layered. This is fabulous int he mouth with a great burst of ripe yet fresh fruit framed out with a bit of toasty and buttery oak but the wine remains bright, tense and light on its feet in the mouth. The wood treatment is well balanced for the fresh fruit with the tartness and slight hardness of the wine well balanced by the softening effects of the wood. Should improve over the short term at least but shows a fine synthesis of old world technique with new world fruit. 93pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
4.00 5
Vintage: 2009 11/19/2012

Tight on the nose with almond shell top notes and slow to emerge raspberry, sour cherry and cranberry fruit topped with hints of candied orange. Very elegant if a touch tight on entry, this quickly shows a bit of nutty oak along with a focused core of small, sour red fruits framed with dried spice notes. The wood tannins arrive on the mid-palate to tighten things up and accentuate a bit of wood spice that flows onto the finish, which is almost peppery and long with wild red berry fruits. The oak is a bit prominent here both texturally and in terms of flavor, but the underlying wine should emerge intact after a year or two in the cellar. 91pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 07/06/2011

Gorgeously open nose of spice, herb and red fruit. In the mouth this is sleek and well-balanced with a lightly layered sweetness of wood and fruit. The wood spice pops on the back end along with black cherry pit fruit and mineral spice. Nice length with a touch of wood on the tapering finish. 89pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 06/20/2010

This shows off some rich clay soil tones right off the bat, and then adds notes of soft, barrel aged wood tones to the soft core of dried peach and apple fruit. On entry it shows good acid, but also a rather soft, expansive gently toasty, nutty core of fruit. The mid-palate is slightly hollow with plenty of toasty wood tones supporting modest, vanilla tinged, green apple and pineapple fruits. The finish really shows great length with a nice layered feel and good, emerging complexity. At its core it’s a soft, subtle wine, with an edge of delicacy to it making it a good match for a simple herb and lemon scented roast chicken. 90pts


Member Reviews for Domaine Serene Chardonnay Dundee Hills Evenstad Reserve

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Snooth User: Liandra160
1504952167
3.50 5
Vintage: 2012 03/03/2015

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: Mr Dolce
4535424,422
0.00 5
Vintage: 2010 12/05/2013

Wine Spectator's Top 100 #3 95Pts WS


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
4.70 5
Vintage: 2009 10/22/2013

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,203
4.50 5
Vintage: 2009 04/15/2012

Toasty hazelnut and fresh apple pie on the nose. Crisp and with some poached pear nuance. On the palate, it has a supple texture, spicy flavors and good depth and balance. Oak spice, créme bruleé and custard. Good acidity. Really nice wine. -93 points 4/7/12


Snooth User: Jonathan Färber
129658248
3.50 5
Vintage: 2009 06/17/2013

An intense PN with jammy red fruit and hints on petrol on the nose and a tease of radish, figs and caramel culminating in an off dry, acidic finish.


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,203
4.50 5
Vintage: 2008 06/30/2012

A great, bold, muscular style. Nice! 93 pts. -Wine Spectator Grand Tour 5/5/12


0.00 5
Vintage: 2008 03/15/2012

Supple and generous, showing richness and grace... -HS


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External Reviews for Domaine Serene Chardonnay Dundee Hills Evenstad Reserve

External Review
Vintage: 2012 06/16/2016

Domaine Serene's Evenstad Estate crowns the southernmost hill in the prestigious Red Hills region of Dundee at 520-800 feet elevation in the Willamette Valley. There are seven producing vineyards on the Estate and the winery has excelled at producing world class Pinot Noirs. The Evenstad Reserve is their flagship wine only the best grape selections from the estate vineyards make the cut to become Evenstad Reserve. the 2010 was #3 on the Wine Spectator Top 100 list. 2012 is a vintage that growers were touting as perhaps their first 100 pointer. Wine Enthusiast scored this 2012 94 points saying "This includes grapes from the winery’s Jerusalem Hill vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA, in addition to the Dundee Hills sites, hence the more general Willamette Valley designation. It was aged in 65% new French oak for 16 months. It’s open and generous, offering bright berry, cherry and red currant fruit matched to defining acids, all set in a fine-tuned frame of new oak. Re-tasted 24 hours after being opened, it remained fresh, dense and satisfying."


External Review
Vintage: 2012 06/14/2016

Domaine Serene's Evenstad Estate crowns the southernmost hill in the prestigious Red Hills region of Dundee at 520-800 feet elevation in the Willamette Valley. There are seven producing vineyards on the Estate and the winery has excelled at producing world class Pinot Noirs. The Evenstad Reserve is their flagship wine only the best grape selections from the estate vineyards make the cut to become Evenstad Reserve. Wine Enthusiast scored this 94 points saying " "This includes grapes from the winery’s Jerusalem Hill vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA, in addition to the Dundee Hills sites, hence the more general Willamette Valley designation. It was aged in 65% new French oak for 16 months. It’s open and generous, offering bright berry, cherry and red currant fruit matched to defining acids, all set in a fine-tuned frame of new oak. Re-tasted 24 hours after being opened, it remained fresh, dense and satisfying."


External Review
Vintage: 2010 10/17/2013

Beautiful aromas of dark cherry, red raspberry, pipe tobacco, milk chocolate, pomegranate and earth. The palate is rich and supple, showing black raspberry, cherry pie, black currant, rose, violet and oak spice with a persistent and seamless finish.


External Review
Vintage: 2010 11/12/2013

Shows a harmonious balance of structure, richness and acidity with soft tannins and a clean, lingering finish. With clonal variation and site driven diversity, we are able to craft this wine to our precise and exacting standards year after year.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 10/30/2012

Sometimes in a challenging vintage such as 2009, it is the least expensive, blended wines that benefit most, perhaps because grapes normally destined for the single-vineyard wines are redirected. Here, rich fruit flavors highlighted with streaks of caramel and toffee get things rolling quickly. Berries and cherries, firm acids, pretty spice and a lingering butterscotch finish.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 07/18/2013

Floral aromas of cherry blossom and strawberry, with a touch of spring earth. Jammy crushed cherry, plum, and white pepper on the palate, with accents of saddle leather. Long, intense finish, with earth and rose pedal notes.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 01/10/2013

The Serene 2009 Pinot Noir Yamhill Cuvandeacute;e offers sweeter red berry flavors than does the corresponding 2010, with brown spice accents and nicely integrated tannic chew. Pure-fruited and with ample finishing juiciness, this betrays none of its vintageandrsquo;s weak sides and ought to drink well for another several years.


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