• Home
  • 2013 Domaine Serene Chardonnay Etoile Vineyard

2013 Domaine Serene Chardonnay Etoile Vineyard

UNITED STATES / OREGON / DUNDEE HILLS
  • 90 WA
  • Variety
    Chardonnay

learn more about producers & collectors

SKU: 97297-2013

This item is available by the case only

Total:
$75.00

This is a final sale item

Not eligible for cancellations or refunds

  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 90

    The 2013 Chardonnay Etoile Vineyard comes from west-facing vines at around 700-foot elevation, matured in one-third new oak for 16 months. It has a powerful nose with scents of yellow plum and white flowers, dried honey developing with time. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity, a touch of salinity on the tip of the tongue, hints of mango and pineapple, a little edgier than the Cote Sud towards the finish and with satisfying persistence on the finish. Enjoy this Chardonnay over the next decade.
    Drink Dates: 2016 - 2026
    Author: Neal Martin
    Issue: 225
  • No collector reviews available
  • Owners Ken and Grace Evenstad arrived in Oregon in 1989 to pursue their passion for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Their winemaker Tony Rynders, who holds a Masters in Enology from UC Davis, crafts impeccably balanced wines primarily from three low-yielding estate properties: Jerusalem Hill, Evenstad and Winery Hill. Syrah is produced under their Rock Block label.

    See other similar producers:Ponzi Vineyards,Sineann,Panther Creek Cellars

    Oregon has seen a huge boom in wine production in recent decades, as has the entire Pacific Northwest region. Once known for small wineries nestled amongst farmland, the Oregon wine industry has been the recipient of a huge capital influx, which has opened up new vine-growing territory and built numerous large-production brands. Although best known for Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley, which sits at the same latitude as Burgundy, the state continues to build a reputation for Rhône and white varieties as well. 

    Chardonnay is a versatile variety that can grow in a wide range of climates, and its neutral flavor profile offers a blank canvas for winemakers to impart their style. In cool climates, Chardonnay displays flavors of green fruit and citrus. As the climate becomes more moderate, flavors of white peach and melon develop. In warm and hot climates, aromas of banana, pineapple, and other tropical fruit are common.

    The best Old-World Chardonnay comes from Burgundy, where it is uniquely reflective of terroir and can express many different flavor profiles even within this relatively small region. In Chablis, the northernmost part of Burgundy, wines are often unoaked and known for their minerality, high acidity, and aromas of green apple, citrus, wet stone, and slate. In the Côte de Beaune, further south, wines are typically aged in neutral French oak and have flavors of stone fruit, toast, almond, and cream. Burgundian producers pioneered the techniques that are now associated with high-quality Chardonnay around the world, including barrel fermentation, barrel ageing, malolactic fermentation, and maturation on lees. The best wines, from producers like Domaine Leflaive, Bouchard Père & Fils, and Domaine William Fèvre, can age in the bottle for a decade or more, developing complex aromas of nuts and mushroom.

    New-World Chardonnay tends to grow in warmer climates than in the Old World, producing wines that are full-bodied, high in alcohol, and low in acidity. Use of American oak imparts flavors of vanilla, clove, hazelnut, butter, and caramel on top of peach and banana fruit. Look to Californian producers in Napa and Sonoma, including Kistler, Peter Michael, and Aubert, for the highest-quality versions of this New-World style.

    Chardonnay’s versatility makes it a great option for pairing. High-acid wines from Chablis are the perfect accompaniment to oysters or clams, while oak-forward Napa wines are the best match for buttery lobster. Halibut, cod, and chicken breast are classic pairings with white Burgundy. 

    Collector Data For This Wine

    • 15 bottles owned
    • 3 collectors