2004 Domaine Serene ‘Yamhill Cuvee’ Pinot Noir – Willamette Valley, Oregon
Willamette Valley in Oregon is known for its rich, earthy pinot noirs. Domaine Serene stands out, even in this highly-touted region, for their fruity, dusty, and rich pinots. The 2004 Yamhill Cuvee is their blend from five distinct vineyards from the Dundee Hills region and the Eola Hills region. The yield, or how much fruit you get from the vines, is an incredibly low 1.89 tons per acre! This results in a dark, concentrated wine with earth, a pinch of sawdust/sandalwood, and rich dark cherry and raspberry flavors. Winemaker Tony Rynders ages the blend in French oak barrels for 13 months, but only 23 percent of the barrels are new. This gives the wine a nice lushness and a toasty edge, but does not kill it with smoky oak. Cola and clove notes on the finish add complexity to this smooth pinot noir. Try this wine with your Christmas ham, duck, or turkey. This red is also great with grilled salmon, lamb chops, or venison.
Ken and Grace Evenstad founded Domaine Serene in 1989, in the northern Willamette Valley. Their gravity-flow winery is worth the trip, both practical and beautiful. Mr. Rynders joined the winery in 1998, and has been their winemaker ever since.
– Jarrett Osborn, Special to The Trail
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