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Serene Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2005

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Complex aromas of rose petal black raspberry cinnamon clove earth slight coffee bean wild plum and pipe tobacco. Sweet cherry black raspberry slight cassis toffee coffee and violet on the palate. Moderate tannins with nice acidity on the finish.

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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
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Member Reviews for Serene Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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Snooth User: chad1616
886721,583
4.00 5
02/12/2009

Amazing bottle but still young. Decanted for 2 hours prior to drinking which I would recommend. Big fruit mid palette - classic oregon balance of fruit, minerality and earth. I have 2 more of these that I will patiently it 2 and 4 years before enjoying. Very optimistic about how this wine will age and come together.


Snooth User: chad1616
886721,583
4.00 5
07/02/2009

classic oregon pinot yuminess, nice fruit, integrated oak just entering its prime but early still.


Snooth User: Philip James
112,549
3.00 5
08/26/2008

Rich and fruity with a sweet fruity nose. The cool growing conditions give it a solid acidity, so it pairs well with food.


Snooth User: joshwoodward
129954234
4.50 5
05/15/2009

Soft, medium-light tannin and acid. Plums, pinoty. Chocolate.


Snooth User: bnsommelier
5664424
4.00 5
09/07/2011

A classic Domaine Serene Evenstad Reserve. It could use a couple of more years in the cellar to bring out the fruit even more so. However, the bottle is a half bottle, which is not noted on this website.


Snooth User: Lindsay621
1744434
4.00 5
05/03/2009

Smooth texture, great finish! My favorite Oregon wine! All around delicious


External Reviews for Serene Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

External Review
02/12/2009

The powerful nose displays a complex array of blackberry, boysenberry, ripe blueberry, wild strawberry, caramel, pipe tobacco, black tea, and dried flowers. The rich and structured front palate show ripe blackberry, bing cherry, plum, cola, oak spice, and vanilla with fine-grained tannins and excellent length.


External Review
07/21/2010

Côte Sud is one of seven vineyards of Domaine Serene’s Evenstad Estate, located atop the southernmost of the Dundee Hills of Oregon. The nose displays complex aromatics reminiscent of ripe citrus, quince, lemon custard, toast, clove, and anise.


External Review
07/31/2008

Since its first vintage in 1990, Domaine Serene has produced exquisite estate grown Pinot Noir made atop the renowned Red Hills of Dundee, Oregon. A spicy, complex red wine that's full of cherries, orange rind, vanilla and clove.


External Review
05/19/2008

The wine that made the Evenstadt's famous is a blend of Pommard, Wadenswil and Dijon clones from their dry-farmed estate vineyards in both Dundee and the Eola Hills. It sums up everything that defines the best in Oregon Pinot Noir: sumptuous fruit, gorgeously silky mouthfeel and a wonderful blend of the complex and the accessible. It is truly one of the treasures of American viticulture.



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Complex aromas of rose petal black raspberry cinnamon clove earth slight coffee bean wild plum and pipe tobacco. Sweet cherry black raspberry slight cassis toffee coffee and violet on the palate. Moderate tannins with nice acidity on the finish.

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