Colour: Deep red
Aroma: Introduced by a fetching floral nose, intense pure fruit flavors of strawberry, dark cherry and tart cranberry burst on the palate.
Palate: Fresh and vibrant, the 2017 “Yamhill Cuvee” exudes pure and refined elegance. A veil of complex notes of mulled spices, forest floor and chaparral balance the fruit-driven essence of the wine. The mouthfeel is dense with pure, rich texture and fresh minerality, integrating the structured tannins, leading to a smooth lingering finish.
Grape Varieties: 100% Pinot Noir
Awards: 93pts – James Suckling; 92pts – Wine Advocate-Parker; 92 points Vinous
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.