2018 Domaine Serene Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir
Ken and Grace Evenstad founded Domaine Serene Vineyards and Winery in 1989 when they purchased 42 acres of just-logged land in the Dundee Hills of Oregon to plant, grow and produce ultra-premium Pinot Noir. They have been involved in every aspect of growing, producing and marketing Domaine Serene wines. Ken and Grace own 462 acres of land in Yamhill County within the Willamette Valley, Oregon. There are 150 acres of land planted to vineyards. In addition to Pinot Noir, which is about 95% of the wine produced, they also make a little Chardonnay and Syrah.
A deep ruby red color, the 2018 ‘Evenstad Reserve’ Pinot Noir opens with aromas from the glass of cherry compote, exotic spices, dark chocolate, leather and a whiff of forest underbrush. The palate is beautifully layered with a velvety texture of rich red cherry. The tannins are well composed and savory, revealing complex flavors of clove, earth and a hint of mushroom. The persistent spice leads to a finish of great concentration. This Pinot Noir from Domaine Serene is an amazing example of how this winery continues to produce some of the best Pinot Noir from Oregon. It is so delicious on release and will age gracefully in the cellar for years to come. Bravo!
By Perry Miroballi