2010 Domaine Serene "Evenstad Reserve" Dundee Hills Chardonnay

SKU #1115298 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Editors' Choice* Give this Burgundian-style Chardonnay some extra breathing time and it rewards you with tight, fine-spun and complex flavors of lemon meringue, orange peel and brioche, with a streak of creamy vanilla. It’s the sort of wine that invites reflection and rewards patience.  (8/ 2012)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Fresh and expressive, this is vibrant with pear, pineapple and grapefruit flavors that get a lift from a deft balance of acidity. Shows richness and refinement. Drink now through 2016. 475 cases made.  (9/ 2012)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Pear, apple, and lemon delicately garlanded with flowers scent and inform a sherbet-like, silken-textured palate in Domaine Serene’s 2010 Chardonnay Evenstad Reserve. Polished, understated, and subtly soothing, this finishes with satisfying length and retention of primary juiciness, and ought to remain viable for at least a couple of years.  (8/ 2012)

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Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
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United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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Oregon

- Highly touted for its Pinot Noirs, Oregon is part of the up-and-coming winemaking industry in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Most of Oregon is directly affected by the climate coming off of the Pacific Ocean, giving it mild winters and wet summers. This makes it a difficult place to ripen grapes, but some say that the harder grapes have to struggle, the more complex they will turn out to be. Chardonnay and Pinot Gris are two important and successful grapes grown in Oregon.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.4