2013 Domaine Serene, "Evenstad Reserve" Chardonnay, Willamette Valley

Press and Tasting Notes

[95 pts James Suckling] "A chardonnay showing wonderful smoke, stones and daffodils on the nose and palate. Full-bodied, very bright and racy with a linear structure and a long and persistent finish. I really love the ripe, subtle fruit in combination with the tangy acidity."

[95 pts Wine Enthusiast] "This is a sensational v ... Read More »

A Merchant's Pick


Featured July 01, 2014

THE REVIEW

Reminiscent of a delicious Meursault, Domaine Serene is redefining domestic Chardonnay excellence.
    Domaine Serene is one of Oregon's finest Pinot Noir producers. You may recognize the "Evenstad" designation from Domaine Serene's Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir, which is a multi-year Wine Spectator Top 100 wine and took the #3 slot last year. Like their Pinot, their Evenstad Reserve Chardonnay is world class.
    The 2012 Evenstad Chardonnay stylistically threads the needle between Burgundy and California. It is extremely limited and a must have for Chardonnay fans. It is the winery's "flagship" Chardonnay and it shows.
    Rich and complex with a lovely, classic white Burgundy nose, there is a touch of toasty oak and roasted almond, lemon zest, baked apple and ripe pear fruit. The palate is powerful and weighty with good structure and a fine balance of concentration and freshness. Precise and crisp with bright acidity and focus, this is a delicious, modern Chardonnay made in a distinctive Old World style. The wine contains their finest vineyard fruit and is being released in very limited supply.
    The inaugural vintage (the 2010 vintage) sold out in days and we expect the 2012 to have similar demand. Orders will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Read More »

Varietal

Chardonnay

Chardonnay is the most popular white wine grape grown throughout the world.  The most prized Chardonnay growing regions are Burgundy, Champagne and California.  The Chardonnays of Burgundy tend to produce dry, elegant w ... Read More »

Region

Oregon

Oregon is recognized as one of the premier wine growing regions in the world.  It is best known for its world-class Pinot Noir, grown predominantly in the Willamette Valley.  There, Pinot Noir tends to take a bit of Burgundy's and California's best attributes:  a bit of the dry, mineral ... Read More »

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