Domaine Serene produces exquisite estate-grown Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Their vineyard management and winemaking practices are designed to ensure complex, concentrated and elegant Pinot Noir and Chardonnay year after year.
Domaine Serene's farming practices are designed to produce very low crop level for concentrated flavors. Our fourteen year average is 1.7 tons per acre. All of Domaine Serene's grapes are handpicked and hand-sorted on a conveyer belt to remove all imperfect fruit and other matter. The various small lots from each vineyard are kept separate in small open-top fermentors, and in small French cooperage selectively sourced from several French forests. There is minimal intervention and only gentle gravity flow movement of wine from beginning to end. Pinot Noir is in barrel about 14-18 months, is not fined or filtered, and is racked only at bottling. The Estate-grown Dijon clone Chardonnay is fermented in small, French cooperage and aged sur lies for 10-15 months. Bottled wines are aged about one year before release, often longer for single vineyard Pinot Noir. The 2000 harvest yielded approximately 9,500 cases of wine.
Domaine Serene's flagship wine is the Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir. Yamhill Cuvée Pinot Noir is also produced from estate fruit grown only in Yamhill County. Estate single-vineyard bottlings for national distribution are Mark Bradford Vineyard and Grace Vineyard Pinot Noir, and Côte Sud Vineyard, Clos du Soleil and Etoile Vineyard Chardonnay. The winery's Chardonnays are produced exclusively from Dijon clone fruit. Additional single vineyard wines, with extremely small production, are available at the winery's twice yearly Open Houses, held on Memorial and Thanksgiving weekends.
Rated 90. Supple, ripe and generous with its plum, blueberry and crème brûlée flavors, nicely draped with refined tannins, which persist on the focused finish. Drink now through 2014. 7,200 cases made. - Wine Spectator
Domaine Serene Chardonnay Clos Du Soleil 2006 750ml
Wine Spectator rating: 92 - A supple style of Chardonnay that sports toasty pear, melon and nutmeg aromas and flavors, hovering gently as the finish sails on. Inviting. Drink now through 2013. 375 cases made.