Domaine Serene Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir 2014
Wine EnthusiastThere is a darker fruit spectrum evident in the reserve, with notes of coffee, smoke, black fruits, a touch of charred wood all worked through, and without damping the core fruit flavors. Those bright flavors spotlight raspberry, plum and black cherry. A light cola flavor pokes through, with ripe tannins and proportionate acids. The barrel treatment is beautifully applied, adding sweet spice to the finish.
Wine SpectatorElegant and delicately expressive, with floral cherry and stony mineral aromas and sleekly complex raspberry, tea and spice flavors that build depth toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2023. 12,239 cases made.
Wine AdvocateMedium ruby-purple in color, the 2014 Pinot Noir Evenstad Reserve is scented of mulberries, blackberries and black raspberries with suggestions of charcoal, anise, fennel seed, cedar and mocha. Medium to full-bodied, the mid-palate comes across a little hollow among the frame of chewy tannins and lively acid and it finishes just a tad warm and woody. There is no doubt that this is a good wine, but it is just a little lacking in real fruit-derived substance and is too contrived in the winery to constitute a great Pinot Noir.