Domaine Serene Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir 2013
Grace and Ken Evenstad first arrived and settled in the Dundee Hills in the Willamette Valley in 1989. At that time, the couple had spent over 20 years together in Minnesota building a successful business and a deep appreciation for the wines of Burgundy. The Evenstads had faith in Oregon early on, before there was a national market for domestic Pinot Noir. When the time came to pursue their longtime dream of growing and producing world class Pinot Noir, they invested in a 42 acre hilltop estate that had just been logged in the beautiful Dundee Hills of Oregon. With the support of their family – and to the surprise of many of their friends in Minnesota – the Evenstads established Domaine Serene, effectively creating Oregon’s luxury wine industry. They named the winery after their daughter, Serene, and their first vineyard on the estate was named after their son, Mark Bradford Evenstad. Today, Domaine Serene produces Pinot Noir from six vineyard estates, spanning three Willamette Valley AVAs, and Chardonnay solely from high elevations in the Dundee Hills.
Their Flagship Wine, made consistent from vintage to vintage defining their standard to measure against all of their Pinot’s. Vivid clear Ruby with complex aromas of rich fruit and spices, aged for 16 months in French oak (57% new). The palate yields elegant fruit flavors of cherry, strawberry and sweet currants with notes of herb pepper and a hint of citrus zest. The wine is well balanced and finishes long with smooth tannins, ending with notes of cacao, mineral and oak.