| Wine Advocate 88 points (Aug 2012)
I would not have been offered a taste of Domaine Serene’s entry-level (though still pricey) cuvee during my recent visit had I not asked for it, and in reply I received three installments, beginning with the 2010 Pinot Noir Yamhill Cuvee. Tart cherry with a smoky overlay presents a clean, juicy impression, conveying genuine refreshment in a sustained if simple finish. This exuberant exemplar of vintage virtues ought to remain delightful for several years.
Wine Enthusiast 90 points (Dec 2013)
This cuvee is billed as the ’little sister’ to the winery’s Evenstad Reserve, and the flavors fit the title. There is a pleasing roundness and an immediate accessibility, with flavors of red fruit and light chocolate in the foreground. Brambly berries are at the core, with highlights of malted milkshake, spice and a hint of finishing citrus.
Wine Spectator 91 points (Sep 25 2013)
Lively, lithe and inviting, offering an array of red fruit, floral and spice overtones, coming together on the focused, deftly balanced finish. Drink now through 2018.—H.S.