Consistently excellent from vintage to vintage, the flagship wine is the defining standard by which all of the Domaine Serene Pinot Noirs are measured. A true illustration of the art of blending, the Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir is a wonderfully complex wine that delivers an array of red fruits, caramel, baking spice, vanilla, dried flowers, and potpourri. On the palate, this elegant wine shows a harmonious balance of structure, richness and acidity with soft tannins and a clean, lingering finish. With clonal variation and site driven diversity, we are able to craft this wine to our precise and exacting standards year after year.
"The 2012 Pinot Noir Evenstad Reserve was picked from late summer after one of the driest on record. There was better heat accumulation, according to Erik Kramer, but he does not regard it has a hot vintage. It was a low yield at around 1.7 and 1.8 tons per acre, partly due to a preflowering cluster removal. The skin-to-pulp ratio was very high and it was raised in 65% new oak over 16 months. It has a deep garnet colour. The bouquet is in stark contrast with strawberry pastille and raspberry coulis, hints of iodine developing in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fleshy ripe red berry fruit interlaced with sea salt and white pepper. There is an undercurrent of gaminess to this 2012 that lends intrigue toward the finish that gently grips the mouth. Not as opulent as other 2012 Pinot Noirs that I have tasted, but clearly very well crafted by winemaker Erik Kramer and with a prosperous future ahead."
93 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, Mar 2015
"I enjoyed these wines very much. Yes, these are quite stylish expressions of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. While I would not describe them as Californian per se, I was occasionally reminded of some of that state's wines such as Littorai or Aubert, which is no bad thing. Apropos their Pinot Noir, again they are polished wines true to their respective terroirs, although having tasted a number of older vintages in the UK over the years, they should be afforded cellaring and good vintages evolve rewarding and engaging secondary aromas and flavours, as evinced by the Evanstad Reserve Pinot Noir 1992–over two decades old and still going strong."
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, Mar 2015