I tell an educational story about growing up in the Oregon wine world instead of anywhere else. There is almost a mandate that Oregon wine beginners be told they should only drink the “light and fruity” Pinot Noir as they transition into drinking red wines for the first time, since apparently big-bodied wines are just too much for the beginner’s palate, and we have such wonderful Pinot here in the Northwest.
While it’s true we have plenty of great Pinot here, it’s also true that Pinot Noir is one of the hardest grapes to get right (one of the reasons it provides the world’s best evidence of which winemakers/regions are truly artisans and worthy of praise). So for beginners, they end up being pushed into drinking cheap Pinot…unfortunately one of the world’s worst examples of the “fruity” wines which are truly what the beginning red drinker wants. Instead, they are introduced first to Oregon’s plethora of dirt-filled, imbalanced, fruit-less, drab and dry swill. It’s only when these drinkers finally discover Aussie Syrah or a nice cherry-filled Cab/Merlot blend that they explode with an appreciation of red.
So it takes many Oregonians even LONGER to find great Pinot Noir, of which this Domaine Serene release certainly is.
Good Pinot like this shining example are balanced with hints of herb and spice, cherry and berry, cassis and sometimes chocolate. Good Pinot provides a showcase of layered depth, with ponderous levels of drying tannins, well integrated into the mix, along with an ample acidity required for pairing with just about any foods and especially so with Northwest salmon dishes.
“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.” – Wine Spectator, 90 Points
Domaine Serene is a worthy producer and this is your introduction–A world-class wine from a historically great vintage at a (now even more) affordable price. Here’s your real transition into great Oregon Pinot. Forget anything $15 and below and step forward for a wine that Oregon rests its reputation on.
This wine is regularly sold for $39.99, is now ON SALE for only $32.99, but is available only to wine club members for $29.99!
Visit the Domaine Serene winery website
Read information about Oregon’s International Pinot Noir Celebration in late July
Visit the official site for Burgundy wines of France, where Pinot Noir was perfected
Have you tasted this wine? When you’ve had a chance to enjoy this wine, please return to this blog and leave your comments! Others will appreciate your input, unique viewpoint, and recommendations.