Robert Parker 94P
The 2008 Pinot Noir Grace Vineyard is made entirely from Dijon clones and was aged for 16 months in 80% new French oak. It offers up a multi-dimensional aromatic array of smoke, rose petal, incense, black cherry, and black raspberry. Sweetly fruited with outstanding depth, it has the structure to evolve for several years. This lengthy effort will be at its best from 2013 to 2023. Domaine Serene's 2008 Pinot Noirs are outstanding across the portfolio. Domaine Serene's first vintage was 1990, so the upcoming harvest will be their 20th. Consistent high quality has been a benchmark of the winery and the 2007s will do nothing to change that. Ken and Grace Evenstad were kind enough to show me their first two vintages of Domaine Serene Pinot Noir, 1990 and 1991. Both wines were made by Ken Wright. Both have reached their peak, the 1991 a bit more advanced than the 1990, but they are both beautiful for current drinking. They are just two more examples of how well-made Willamette Valley Pinot Noir from strong vintages can drink well for 20+ years.
Grace og Kenn Evenstad havde fra starten en klar målsætning med Domaine Serene - de ville producere verdens bedste Pinot Noir. Om det er lykkedes....eller om det vil lykkes, må være op til den enkelte at vurdere. De har dog ved en række smagninger udplaceret flere vine fra Domaine Romanee Conti. Til meget stor overraskelse for de fleste. Senest ved en større smagning i UK, hvor Domaine Serene Cuvee Evenstad 2006 var oppe mod Richebourg 2002. Med Evenstad som vinder. Domainet ligger i Dundee Hills, North Willamette Valley. Robert Parker roser Domaine Serene til skyerne og Domaine Serene blev i 2004 årets vin-hus i USA. 1200 FLASKER PRODUCERET.