The ‘Evenstad Reserve’ Chardonnay represents the art of blending select barrels from our estate vineyard sites in the Dundee Hills. Our belief is that the combination of Dijon clone vines, Jory soil and the high elevation of our Dundee Hills estates gives us fruit of unparalleled quality for this reserve wine.
The Evenstad Estate is the at the crowning the southernmost peak of the Dundee Hills. The seven vineyards of this estate have multiple exposures and produce some of our most prized wines, including Mark Bradford, Grace, Fleur de Lis, Gold Eagle, Côte Sud, Clos du Soleil and Etoile.
Colour: Pale golden yellow
Aroma: An enticing tropical medley of kiwi and yellow peach act as the melody, with high notes of white flower and fresh linen.
Palate: The 2018 Domaine Serene Evenstad Reserve Chardonnay perfectly showcases the best of each vineyard that goes into the compelling blend. The oak treatment is flawlessly integrated, with a lingering minerality and salinity completing the symphony. This wine will certainly deserve a place in the cellar of the discerning collector of fine Chardonnays.
Grape Varieties: 100% Chardonnay
Awards: 96pts – James Suckling; 94pts – Wine Enthusiast; 93pts – Wine Advocate-Parker; Gold – San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition; #87 of Wine Enthusiast’s Top 100 Cellar Selections of 2020
History of Domaine Serene
Domaine Serene is an Oregon winery established in 1989. It makes wines throughout the Willamette Valley, with most vineyards in the Dundee Hills AVA. Much of Serene’s portfolio is based on Pinot Noir, although Chardonnay features prominently as well.
The domaine is made of six estates all up – as well as the sites in the the Dundee Hills, Serene has the Abbey Oaks Vineyard in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA, and the Jerusalem Hill Vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA. The gravity-flow winery at the Winery Hills site was completed in 2001 and in 2015, owners Grace and Ken Evenstad also bought Château de la Crée, an estate in Burgundy.
Since its first commercial release in 1990, which received a 90-point score from critic Robert Parker, Domaine Serene has been a significant force in Oregon luxury wine. Fruit is grown on self-rooted vines, and, like the majority of Willamette Valley producers, most of its top wines are made from Pinot Noir. This includes a range of single-vineyard expressions, as well as the flagship Evenstad Reserve.