94pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2016 Pinot Noir Yamhill Cuvée aged 14 months in 44% new French oak. It has a medium ruby-purple color and explosive aromas of warm cranberry sauce, cinnamon stick, clove, forest floor and tar notes with red currants, black cherries, crushed blackberries, tree bark and dried flowers plus an orange peel hint. Medium-bodied and silky, it explodes with ripe fruits, earthy nuances and spices, softly framed and fresh with a long, layered finish.
93pts James Suckling
This is an earthy and attractive wine that has a deeply spicy red-cherry thread that offers a bright and more centrally focused palate than many other pinots from Serene, making for immediate appeal. Drink now.
92pts Wine Spectator
Offers a brooding undercurrent of firm structure, wrapped in alluring cherry and blueberry flavors, accented by clove and black tea notes. Finishes with refined tannins. Drink now through 2026.
91pts Wine Enthusiast
This blended cuvée offers a fine introduction to the winery’s extensive portfolio of single-vineyard Pinots. Lovely fruit flavors combine red berries, cherries and subtle notes of orange peel. The tannins are firm and polished, and for such a large production wine it maintains good focus throughout the finish.
90pts Wilfred Wong
The 2016 Domaine Serene Yamhill Cuvée is on point as an excellent example of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. This wine is bright and angular. Enjoy its bright and energizing aromas and flavors of ripe berries and earthy notes with mint-accented, grilled lamb chops.
Yamhill Cuvée is named for the county where all of the Domaine Serene Estates are located. This signature blend includes grapes from the Dundee Hills, Eola-Amity Hills, and Yamhill-Carlton AVA's. It is consistent and approachable, with a textural profile that is vibrant, silky and persistent.
Dark ruby in color, the Yamhill Cuvée is extremely expressive showcasing heavenly aromas of cocoa, pomegranate, clove, and star anise. A patchwork of cherry, cranberry cocktail, and blueberry flavors explode on the palate. Polished and plush, its seamlessly integrated and inviting tannins lead to a long, lingering finish. An extremely appealing wine, its complexity leaves you thirsty for more.