The tasting room for Domaine Serene is located on breathtaking grounds in Dayton, OR. It reminds me of being in Tuscany with the architectural style as well as the roses everywhere. On a nice day, head outside to enjoy the views from the patio, and on a not so nice day, remain inside and enjoy your tasting flight by the fireplace. Both sound pretty great if you ask me. The tasting fee is $20 per person and changes seasonally, which makes it fun to visit several different times a year.
On Christmas day, we treated ourselves to the Domaine Serene 2010 Yamhill Cuvée Pinot Noir. Aromas of vanilla, cherry, and mushroom give way to wonderfully balanced acidity on the palate making this wine silky smooth. Flavors of bright red fruit hit you up front followed by classic Oregon earth on the finish. I rate this one 4 stars out of 5. Available on Domaine Serene’s website for $45, and I’ve also seen this around the Portland area at a few different places like New Seasons and Bale’s.
If you’re thinking Domaine Serene sounds familiar to you, but you’re not sure why, it may be because Wine Spectator recently placed the Domaine Serene Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Evenstad Reserve 2010 in the number three spot on their “Top 100 of 2013” list. This one retails for $65 a bottle. In general, Domaine Serene has been thought of as a top Pinot Noir producer in Oregon for some time now.
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