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2006 Domaine Serene "Evenstad Reserve" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1046741 92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark 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) Inner quote mark (3/2009)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark 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) Inner quote mark (10/2008)

91 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark 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. Inner quote mark (4/2009)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark 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) Inner quote mark (6/2010)

Allen Meadows - Burghound

Outer quote mark 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. Inner quote mark (1/2010)

Vinous

Outer quote mark 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) Inner quote mark (7/2010)


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