2017 Domaine Serene, Etoile Vineyard Chardonnay 750ml
Etoile, the “sunset vineyard,” is located high atop the renowned Dundee Hills of Oregon on the west-facing slope of the Evenstad Estate. This dry-farmed, three-acre vineyard ranges from 800 to 825 feet in elevation. Planted to Dijon clones in Jory soil, this wine exhibits the most Chablis-like profile of our Chardonnays.
Like its celestial namesake, the 2017 Etoile Vineyard Chardonnay never ceases to shine. To begin, a delicate yet enticing nose of Key lime, with hints of lemongrass and Summer hay, offers a fragrant allure. On the palate, the laser focus and tension of the acidity mix with the savory flavors of oak spice. A hint of vanilla cream beautifully balances the mouthfeel’s fresh minerality and silky texture. Supple with lactic weight and leesy nuance, the wine carries through to a long, clean and lively finish.
95 points International Wine Report
93 points Wine Enthusiast
94 points Vinous