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Domaine Serene at the Top of Their Game

The Oregon wines were as good as expected. The surprise was in the quality and balance of the Domaine de la Cree burgundies.
May 3, 2017


The Montagny was quite popular. Most liked its density and harmonious flavors. In the lighter 2013 vintage, the 2013 Domaine de la Crée Santenay Gravieres 1er Cru  de;livered again a harmony and complexity that few including me had tasted in a Santenay of any vintage. It was classic Santenay, but with the hard acid edges and  minerality that most often mark and make rustic the wines of the commune, melded into a harmonious whole. With air it drinks now. It will age for a decade..

Matt Viola of Serene  was cagey about the composition of the Rose Cuvee 9. I think it is safe to say that it it's a blend of 2015 and 2016. It has a heft and weight that few other roses have, a wine not for sipping for meals but for meals. It was popular also.  

The two vintages of the Yamhill Cuvee divided the tasters. The vast majority preferred the heavier richer 2014. Dyed in the wool Pinot heads appreciated the articulation and balanced appositions of the lighter 2013. I preferred the 2013 for drink ingnow. My higher valuation of the 2014 is based on what I think it will be in a few years.

Matt called the 2013 Evenstad Reserve powerful. I would call it sublime. Although pleasant now, it will become much better and deeper in another five years.  and last for a further 10.

Comments in quotes are by Josh Reynolds in Vinous.

Château de la Crée

2014 Domaine de la Crée Montagny 1er Cru Les Tourelles; Aroma: light clean mineral, green apple fresh; Mouth: thick   rich, fullish, clean acidity, appley, jgreen plum; Very Good Plus 32; Mixed Case, 28.8; Case, 27.2

2013 Domaine de la Crée Santenay Gravieres 1er CruOrganic; Aroma: rather rich sweet very dense, , wood accented soft, very nice amalgam of wood fruit ad tge ; Mouth: clean fine acidity, sweet acid, juicy, , fine acid rather clean, , tight clean structured, long; Very Good - Excellent 75; Mixed Case, 67.5; Case, 63.75

Domaine Serene

Domaine Serene Rose Version 9; Color: very light purple tint; Aroma: fresh, lightly heady very dense, herbal; Mouth: clean very rich, thick, fleshy   dense, thick textured, , fine acid, long very full bodied; Very Good Plus $39; Mixed Case, 35.1; Case, 33.15

2013 Domaine Serene Pinot Noir Yamhill Cuvee; Color: light red orange; Aroma: clean rather fresh, clean acidity, pretty, rather light; Mouth: clean smooth texture, , bright acid   structured, , fine acidity, clean well structured, lightly tart on the finish; Very Good Plus

"Lurid red. Fresh red berries, musky flowers and a hint of succulent herbs on the nose. Juicy and focused in the mouth, offering bitter cherry and raspberry flavors braced by a spine of tangy acidity. Takes a sweeter turn with air and finishes long, spicy and smooth, with subtle tannins sneaking in late. I like the interplay of sweetness and tanginess here." $51; Mixed Case, 45.9; Case, 43.35

2014 Domaine Serene Pinot Noir Yamhill Cuvee; Color: light red black; Mouth: fine acidity,   fine tannins, delicate,   clean, sweet acid delicate structure, clean acid, undeveloped, ; Very Good - Excellent 59; Mixed Case, 53.1; Case, 50.15

2013 Domaine Serene Pinot Noir Evenstad Reserve; Aroma: very pretty   rich, , clean acidity, very pretty; Mouth: clean   rich textured, strong well integrated oak,   firm, clean light pretty; Excellent

"Limpid ruby-red. Oak-spiced red berries, cherry and licorice on the fragrant nose, along with hints of vanilla and musky herbs in the background. Sweet and lively in the mouth, offering juicy raspberry and cherry cola flavors that unfold and slowly put on weight with air. The vanilla and cola notes recur on a long, gently tannic finish that's given snap by a late jolt of tangy acidity."   $88; Mixed Case, 79.2; Case, 74.8


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