Bid on this 6-bottle lot of 2006 Domaine Serene "Evenstad Reserve" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir (92WS, 91RP, 91W&S, 90WE). Wine Spectator: "Smooth and round, with a lovely polished feel to the dark berry, cherry, licorice and spice flavors, flowing easily over finely tuned tannins, persisting expressively. Drink now through 2016. (HS)" (03/2009)
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2006 Domaine Serene "Evenstad Reserve" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir (qty: 6)
A perfumed and attractively spiced red and blue fruit nose trimmed in a touch of sandalwood slides into attractively textured and solidly concentrated middle weight flavors that possess reasonably good depth and length on the dusty finish where the only nits are a hint of tangy bitterness and a touch of warmth. It is not clear that this will round out with a few years in the bottle though my score offers the benefit of the doubt in this regard.
The 2006 Evenstad Reserve is a blend of over 70 lots. Medium ruby-colored, it offers notes of cedar, cinnamon, clove, cassis, and raspberry. This is followed by a medium- to full-bodied wine with layers of complex red fruits, enough structure to evolve for 3-4 years, excellent integration of oak, tannin, and acidity, and a lengthy finish. Drink it from 2010 to 2018. (JM)
Medium red. Smoky red and dark berry aromas are complicated by suggestions of cola and cocoa powder. Round, fleshy, slightly sweet black raspberry and cherry-cola flavors show a touch of warmth and no rough edges. This rich, velvety wine finishes with echoing smokiness and good length. (JR)
Serene's flagship reserve is forward and ripe, the red berry and woodsy scents marked by oak. Yet the wine retains a pleasing lift, the black cherry flavors brightening with air and the acidity fresh and clean. A fine pairing with risotto con funghi.
As with most of Oregon's 2006 Pinots, this shows more grip and fullness than the winery's '07. There's a strong smoky character, presumably from barrel toast, and a thick and chewy midpalate of mixed berries and tart cherry fruit. The acids stick out a bit, but the dominant flavor is cherry, with a spicy herbal edge. (PG)
Smooth and round, with a lovely polished feel to the dark berry, cherry, licorice and spice flavors, flowing easily over finely tuned tannins, persisting expressively. Drink now through 2016. (HS)