Today we review a 2006 Oregon pinot noir by Domaine Serene called “Evenstad Reserve,” which costs $55 a bottle. (UPDATE: As of 2013 the retail price is $65, but you can find it at Total Wine for under $50.)
With this wine, you are entering the big leagues. It may not be immediately delicious to everyone, but give it a few minutes. Your first impression will be a reserved feeling of “quality”. After a while, I predict, you will be addicted. Bring it to a party and heads WILL turn, if the guests know about wine. However such a move is risky – Lou might pour half the bottle into the oversized glass of the 20 year-old he’s hitting on, causing you to burst into tears.
This pinot has a gently spicy and very layered taste. It smells incredible. I know a woman who can’t drink red wine due to an allergy, and she is very happy to simply take in the aroma of this wine. Once sipped, you are endlessly entertained by various flavors, like waves arriving on a beach: a hint of cedar, some raspberry, cranberry, and strawberry, oak, fresh spices, and pure pinot magic. For all its delicacy and complexity, this is a fairly big, medium-bodied wine that shows a deep, dark, ruby red. Finally, it does not have the stinky barnyard flavors and aromas that many admittedly good pinots have.
This wine wants to breathe for a while before being enjoyed. It’s best when slightly chilled, as in, refrigerate for 20 minutes before drinking. The Evenstad Reserve is highly recommended and is a “Best of the Best”.