2018 Domaine Serene Chardonnay Evenstad Reserve

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Type of Wine White
Country USA
Region Oregon
Appellation Willamette Valley
Winery Domaine Serene
Vintage 2018
Grape Chardonnay
Content (Alc) 0.75 ltr (13.5%)
Drink window 2021 - 2032
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Since its first vintage in 1990, Domaine Serene has produced award-winning wines, including Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir, recognized as the world's #3 wine of 2013 by Wine Spectator Magazine. The art of terroir-driven blending has been the hallmark of Domaine Serene's winemaking program for over 30 years. It is this artistry that has made 'Evenstad Reserve' a reference and is the flagship of Domaine Serene and is therefore the benchmark for Oregon Pinot Noir since the first vintage in 1990. Under the Tab: Annex you will find a beautiful presentation about the famous Domaine Serene which can proudly say "AMERICA'S MOST ACCLAIMED WINERY" They can say this because they have more than 400 WINE SPECTATOR & WINE ENTHUSIAST 90+ SCORED WINES

The 'Evenstad Reserve' Chardonnay comes from the vineyard located in the Dundee Hills - the Grandcru area in the Willamette Valley appellation. As the owner of top wines in Burgundy (including Chateau de La Cree), it is not surprising that Domaine Serene, as with the Pinot Noirs, uses Dijon clone vines. This, together with the soil type (limestone and pebble), the same latitude and the high location of the vineyards in Dundee Hills, makes the Chardonnay Evenstad Reserved an unprecedented beautiful wine comparable to the top wines from Burgundy

The 2018 vintage of this acclaimed yields an enticing tropical medley of kiwi and yellow peach, with high notes of white flower. The palate has an impressive fluidity with intense, fleshy pears and white peaches, laced with a savory, toasted hazelnut. The oak treatment is perfectly integrated, with a lingering minerality and saltiness and acidity that completes the whole. This wine will certainly deserve a place in the cellar of the discerning collector of fine Chardonnays.

96 points - James Suckling
94 points - Wine lover - Cellar selection
95 points - Owen Bargreen
93 points - Robert Parker Wine Advocate
93 points - International Wine Report
GOLD Medal - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

ABOUT DOMAINE SERENE

Since its first vintage in 1990, Domaine Serene has produced award-winning wines, including Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir, recognized as the world's #3 wine of 2013 by Wine Spectator Magazine. In addition, the 2012 Winery Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir was named the Top Pinot Noir in the World by Decanter magazine in 2016 and the 2014 Evenstad Reserve Chardonnay received 95 points and was ranked the #2 wine in the world in Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of the year. This made Domaine Serene the only winery in the world to receive a Top 3 rating in Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of the Year for both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. In 2017, the 2013 Jerusalem Hill Pinot Noir was awarded the Top American Pinot Noir at the Decanter World Wine Awards. The continuous pursuit of quality and innovation has earned Domaine Serene worldwide recognition as an iconic quality leader of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

For the past 30 years, Domaine Serene, under the leadership of the Evenstads, has been focused on excellence in a never-ending quest to produce world-class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Their mission is to produce outstanding quality through continuous improvement and a commitment to extremely high standards. Domaine Serene wines represent the achievement possible in Oregon, one of the most beautiful regions in the world for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

In April 2015, with their aim to be the undisputed champion with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, the Evenstads bought the famous Château de la Crée (one of the top Burgundian wine estates in the Côte d'Or) and on June 18, 2021 the relationship between Oregon and Burgundy has become even closer with the acquisition of Domaine Christian Confuron & Fils. The domain includes 15 hectares of grands crus and premiers cru vineyards in the Côte de Nuits.

Vineyard for 2018 Domaine Serene Chardonnay Evenstad Reserve

Grace and Ken Evenstad settled in the Dundee Hills in the Willamette Valley in 1989. At the time, the couple had spent more than 20 years together in Minnesota and had a deep appreciation for the wines of Burgundy. The Evenstads had faith in Oregon early on even well before there was a national market for domestic Pinot Noir. Oregon is on the same latitude as Burgundy and therefore also has a temperate climate. On average a fraction warmer, but this state is also characterized as an area with sufficient precipitation and a good difference in temperature between day and night and summer and winter.

Grace and Ken had the conviction and a bit of a dream to grow and produce world-class Pinot Noir, so they invested in a 42-acre hilltop estate that had just been cleared in Oregon's beautiful Dundee Hills. With the support of their family, the Evenstads founded Domaine Serene, essentially creating Oregon's luxury wine industry. They named the winery after their daughter, Serene, and their first vineyard on the estate was named after their son, Mark Bradford Evenstad.

Today, Domaine Serene produces wines from six individual wine estates, planted exclusively with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Each estate offers a diversity of soils, clones, rootstocks, microclimates, slopes and elevations that give the wines distinctive complexity and elegance.

In 2001, the Evenstads completed the construction of their current state-of-the-art Pinot Noir winery with five levels and completely gravity-based so no pump is involved. Quite recently, they completed a new winery dedicated to the production of Chardonnay and sparkling wine, the first of its kind in Oregon. Domaine Serene will debut their new sparkling wine later in 2021/2022. Located on the prestigious Winery Hill Estate, the wineries were built as a statement for the quality of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay that can be produced from the world-class Dundee Hills AVA.

Since its first vintage in 1990, Domaine Serene has produced award-winning wines, including Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir, recognized as the world's #3 wine of 2013 by Wine Spectator Magazine. In addition, the 2012 Winery Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir was named the Top Pinot Noir in the World by Decanter magazine in 2016 and the 2014 Evenstad Reserve Chardonnay received 95 points and was ranked as the #2 wine in the world in Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of the year. This made Domaine Serene the only winery in the world to receive a Top 3 classification in Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of the Year for both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. In 2017, the 2013 Jerusalem Hill Pinot Noir was awarded the Top American Pinot Noir at the Decanter World Wine Awards. Through its continuous pursuit of quality and innovation, Domaine Serene has gained worldwide recognition as an iconic quality leader of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

In April 2015, the Evenstads expanded their original vision to produce world-class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay by purchasing Château de la Crée, a Burgundy wine estate in the Côte d'Or. Burgundy vintners have been buying vineyards in Oregon for years, but now the Evenstads have reversed the trend. “Owning and farming legendary vineyards in Burgundy is a dream come true for us,” says Ken Evenstad. "We have a unique opportunity to make our own wines from famous vineyards such as Morgeot in Chassagne-Montrachet, Clos des Angles in Volnay and La Garenne in Puligny-Montrachet, where world-class wines have been made for centuries." This latest endeavor gives Grace and Ken another chance to further develop their expertise with their favorite varietals and to "discover" a new terroir of the place that inspired their winemaking more than 30 years ago.

For the past 30 years, Domaine Serene, under the leadership of the Evenstads, has focused on excellence in a never-ending quest to produce world-class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Their mission is to produce excellent quality through continuous improvement and a commitment to extremely high standards. The wines of Domaine Serene represent the achievement possible in Oregon, one of the most beautiful regions in the world for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

June 18, 2021, the relationship between Oregon and Burgundy has grown even closer. Evenstad Estates, the owner of Domaine Serene in Oregon and Château de la Crée and Maison Evenstad in Burgundy, announced a significant expansion in the Côte d'Or in Burgundy with the acquisition of Domaine Christian Confuron & Fils. The domain includes 15 hectares of grands crus and premiers crus vineyards in the Côte de Nuits.

More Information
Type of Wine White
Country USA
Region Oregon
Appellation Willamette Valley
Winery Domaine Serene
Grape Chardonnay
Biological certified No
Natural wine No
Vegan No
Vintage 2018
Drinking as of 2021
Drinking till 2032
Alcohol % 13.5
Alcohol free/low No
Content 0.75 ltr
Oak aging Yes
Sparkling No
Dessert wine No
Closure Cork
Parker rating 93
James Suckling rating 96
Tasting Profiles Complex, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Rich, Round, Full, White fruit
Drink moments Indruk maken, Lekker luxe, Open haard
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