2015 Domaine Serene, ‘Evenstad Reserve’ Chardonnay, Dundee Hills, Oregon
The Evenstad Reserve Chardonnay represents the art of blending select barrels from our estate vineyard sites in the Dundee Hills. Our belief is that the combination of Dijon clone vines, Jory soil, and the high elevation of our Dundee Hills estates provides fruit of unparalleled quality for this reserve wine.
The 2015 Evenstad Reserve Chardonnay is a beautiful shade of pale yellow. Upon approach, intense aromas of Key lime, ginger, and brioche leap from the glass. As the wine continues to open, the second layer of aromatic complexity presents itself with pronounced Meyer lemon, honey, graham cracker, and fresh pastries - quickly taking you back to fond memories of your favorite boulangerie in the French countryside. On the palate, both citrus and melon take center stage, and vibrant acidity is brought into harmony by a rich, creamy mouthfeel. A balance of oak and acid showcases its power and elegance, resulting in a long, lingering finish that echoes with layer upon layer of vanilla and stone fruit.
94 points - James Suckling
93 points - Wine Spectator