(From 2010 Vintage) A true illustration of the art of blending, the Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir is a wonderfully complex wine that delivers an array of red fruits, caramel, baking spice, vanilla, dried flowers, and potpourri. On the palate, this elegant wine shows a harmonious balance of structure, richness and acidity with soft tannins and a clean, lingering finish. With clonal variation and site driven diversity, we are able to craft this wine to our precise and exacting standards year after year.
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Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(From 2004 Vintage) Smelling mildly of green tea and cola, and at all points a bit tentative in fruit, this soft yet slightly narrow wine shows a smattering of red cherries here and there, but it wants for both filling and depth. Its relatively viscous beginnings are contrasted by a brief bit of finishing stiffness, and it lacks in varietal conviction.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(From 2006 Vintage) This wine gives itself away on the first sniff. Despite having plenty of ripeness to its aromas and clearly gifted with a dense, extracted character that suggests a tough guy to come on the palate, it falls a trifle short in fruit at the start and is unable to muster enough of it on the palate to overcome its hard- edged tannins at the backend. Close but no cigar is the requisite conclusion with this one.
Wine Enthusiast(From 2007 Vintage) "A very elegant and refined Evenstad Reserve, with grace notes of sandalwood and a lovely cherry core. The fruit is immaculate, the concentration focused and lengthy, and the flavors are so artfully blended that the wine is seamless and perfectly balanced. Although it is drinking like a mature wine, there is every reason to cellar wines such as this—it can develop like a fine Burgundy, over decades."
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(From 2005 Vintage) Very nicely focused red cherry fruit scents make the early going here, and that ripe, extracted, almost juicy quality is joined by ample oak and a hint of sarsaparilla. A fairly full-bodied wine on the palate, but blessed with good balance, this wine shows well from front to back and has the potential to get better with age.
Wine Advocate(From 1990 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 87 on Jun-93