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Domaine Serene 'Jerusalem Hill' Pinot Noir - $84.99

Wine Details

Vintage: 2008
Price: $84.99
Producer: Domaine Serene
Region: Willamette Valley
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Container Size: 750 ML
  • Red Wine
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Product Description

  • Beautiful aromas of dark cherry, red raspberry, pipe tobacco, milk chocolate, pomegranate and earth. The palate is rich and supple, showing black raspberry, cherry pie, black currant, rose, violet and oak spice with a persistent and seamless finish.
  • A passion, vision and commitment to produce the world's best Pinot Noir leads Ken and Grace Evenstad to Oregon. They purchase 42 recently logged acres atop the renowned Dundee Hills in Yamhill County, Willamette Valley, where Oregon Pinot Noir began and where its heart remains.

Expert Ratings

Ratings   Vintage Source Flavors
WineSpectator - 89 Details: Ripe and round, with toasty currant and blueberry flavors, finishing with a dried fruit note. Has density. Needs time. Best after 2008. 550 cases made. –HS 2004 WineSpectator blueberry, currant
CGCW - 85 Details: Scents of ripe cherries, dusty spice and a hint of dried twigs vie for attention in the restrained aromas of this wine, but ripeness becomes all on the palate as it fails to achieve fruity distinction. The wine is viscous and full-bodied, but, in the absence of central stuffing, it drifts to bitterness and heat at the finish. 2004 CGCW cherries, spice
WineAndSpirits - 90 Details: This wine grows at an estate-owned vineyard in the Eola Hills. It's closed at first, not giving up much beyond a sense of its impressive, fairly massive structure. Black plum scents emerge with air along with caramelized oak and a bit of tar. Still quite youthful and unformed on the palate, this needs some time in the cellar, after which, its heft will suit roast duck. 2004 WineAndSpirits
Tanzer - 87 Details: ($75) Dark red color. Ripe, almost roasted aromas of cherry jam, coffee, dark chocolate and licorice. Broad, ripe and chunky, with rich, sweet dark fruit flavors and a strong impression of roasted coffee. Some strong tannins come up on the finish, which features a powerful, rich chocolatey quality. This shows the year. 2003 Tanzer cherry, chocolatey, coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruit, licorice
Tastings - 92 Details: From one of Oregon's finest producers, this exquisite Pinot Noir has rich cherry fruit, Oriental spice and a long, flavorful finish. Pair this with Oriental beef, yellow fin tuna or duck with raspberry sauce. 2003 Tastings
Burghound - 91 Details:  This is a good deal more elegant with higher-toned and exceptionally pretty aromas of red berry fruits, particularly raspberry, nuanced with spice and smoke hints that merge into rich, sweet, full and relatively generous flavors underpinned by moderately firm tannins and fine length. There is good balance here with a restrained feel to all aspects of the nose from nose to finish and the only nit is a touch of backend warmth. A lovely effort that is relatively understated compared to the other wines in this range. 2003 Burghound beef, cherry, raspberry, spice
WineEnthusiast - 91 Details: The winery continues its string of successes in the difficult 2003 vintage, with another dense, soft, lush and elegant single vineyard release. Intense and sweetly fruity, it shows strong raspberry and cherry character that is nicely integrated with the toast and caramel of new French oak. Ripe and drinking well, it nonetheless has the structure to age a while. 2003 WineEnthusiast caramel, cherry, oak, raspberry, toast
WineSpectator - 90 Details: Firm and chewy, with tarry, mineral-scented, ripe blackberry and cherry flavors that persist on the generous finish. Best from 2007 through 2012. 300 cases made. –HS 2002 WineSpectator blackberry, cherry

Food Pairings

Category Pairing
Red Meat Bacon, Ham, Lamb
Poultry & Eggs Coq Au Vin
Vegetables Roasted Mixed Vegetables

Wine Terms

Name Value
Oregon This state’s strict wine laws demand that variety wines must contain at least 90% of the named grape (except for Cabernet Sauvignon). The region’s cool climate comes from its proximity to the Pacific and its primary grapes are Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. The latter wine is usually medium bodied, with aromas reminiscent of pears and apples and a surprising depth and complexity. Oregon Pinot Gris is a great food wine, and works especially well with seafood and salmon. Pinot Noir is a more expensive wine here, but that is because it can be such a difficult grape to grow that yields are inevitably low. The best Oregon Pinot Noirs are balanced, fruity and full.
Pinot Noir (pee noh nwahr)—A tricky grape to grow, Pinot Noir makes some of the best wines in the world. The prototype wine is red Burgundy from France but Oregon, California, New Zealand, and parts of Australia also produce good Pinot Noir. The wine is lighter in color than Cabernet or Merlot with relatively high alcohol, medium-to-high acidity, and medium-to-low tannin. Its flavors and aromas can be very fruity or earthy and woodsy, depending on how it is grown. It is rarely blended with other grapes.
United States Wineries exist in all fifty states, but the most predominant (and best) wine comes from Northern California, Oregon, and Washington State, with New York gaining a foothold in the industry. American wines make up about 75% of all wine sales in the US. The appellation system uses the term AVA (American Viticultural Area) to determine where wines were produced, but grape varieties can be planted anywhere in the country. American wineries generally use varietal labeling, and government regulations require that the variety on the label must make up at least 75% of the blend (in Oregon it’s 90%). The words reserve, special selection, private reserve, classic, and so on have no legal definition in the US. Some wineries use these terms to indicate their better wines; others use the words as a marketing tool to move lower quality wines off the shelf.
Oregon Pinot Noir Pinot Noir is the grape that put Oregon wines on the map. Despite its fragility, it is still the best wine produced by most Oregon wineries. Oregon's cooler climate is ideal for growing Pinot Noir.
Willamette Valley Stretches from Portland in the north to Eugene in the south. A majority of the Willamette Valley vineyards lie on the foothills of the Coast Range that forms the western edge of the valley.

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