Two from Domaine Serene

Hello friends. Pretty much since the bell rang to start 2012, I have been receiving requests for the 2008 vintage of Domaine Serene’s Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir. We have all had to be patient, because the Seattle market still had to sell through a chunk of the (lovely! unfairly maligned!) 2007 vintage. But in recent weeks, the 08 has arrived on the market, and as usual, your wish is my command:

2008 Domaine Serene Pinot Noir Evenstad Reserve

Serene plays with the riper, more hedonistic side of Pinot, and that shows here. The tannins are quite pliant for 2008, making me think this might unfurl its fruit flag a little earlier than some others. This comes 70% from Dundee Hills, so that fruit profile falls mostly towards the reds: raspberry, pie cherry, redcurrant. There are subtleties of flower and oak spice (70% new French) as well. For the clone geeks among us, this is 51% Dijon, 40% Pommard, and 9% Wadenswil.

Wine Enthusiast (Paul Gregutt): “($65); [REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 94pts.”

Wine Spectator (Harvey Steiman): “($65); [REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 93pts.”

Perhaps it’s those reviews that sparked the interest, but I suspect it’s actually the vintage. As I’ve mentioned numerous times, 2008 was a glorious vintage in the Willamette Valley, probably the best of the decade. The vintage produced wines with compact fruit and wonderful tannic heft; in other words, wines to hold onto (if you’re looking for wines to drink now, look to 06, 09, and even 10). It’s a vintage where wise collectors are going deep on the producers they favor, and many favor Domaine Serene.

2010 Domaine Serene Chardonnay Evenstad Reserve

And a quick bonus Chardonnay, since this too was just released and likely won’t last long. The story of the 2010 vintage in Oregon: excellent quality, low yields. The (lucky, selfish) birds got most of the 2010 vintage, and we’re left with their scraps.

This is 100% Dundee Hills fruit, 100% Dijon clone, all from Serene’s Estate Vineyards: Cote Sud (47%), Clos du Soleil (23%), Clos du Lune (16%) and Etoile (14%). Winemaker Erik Kramer was more judicious with the new French oak here: just 27% for 13 months.

While the Pinot style at Serene always strikes me as closer to California than to Burgundy, the Chardonnay style plays closer to the middle. This has some Burgundian elements (earth and bread and pear) that marry nicely with warmer-climate elements (pineapple, orange peel, cream). Classy juice, to be sure.

Please limit order requests to 12 bottles total (mix and match as you like), and we’ll do our best to fulfill all requests. The wines should arrive in about a week, at which point they will be available for pickup or shipping during the autumn shipping window.

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