Domaine Serene Releases Coeur Blanc
Many wine novices think that the juice from red grapes like Pinot Noir is red. The truth is that it is close to white
in color. The red wine in Pinot Noir comes from the pigments in the skins of the grape. A light pink rosé is
produced from limiting the contact between the pulp and juice of the grapes and the skins. It is possible to craft
a white wine with red grapes if the contact with the grape skins is very limited so only the white juice is utilized.
Domaine Serene in Dayton, Oregon, has produced a limited amount of a fine white wine made with estate
grown Pinot Noir grapes called Coeur Blanc (‘koor blahnk’). After harvesting the grapes, they are gently
whole-cluster pressed and the resulting “white heart” juice is expressed. Less than half of the available juice is
taken from the grapes. The juice is barrel fermented in French oak and aged on the lees for 15 months. The
wine is further aged one year in bottle before release. This is a very unique wine that is both rare and elegant
The winemaker’s comments about the flavor profile include “rich and complex, displaying flavors ranging from
strawberries, cherries and citrus to marzipan, flint and mineral.” Kevin M. Vogt, MS, of Delmonico Steakhouse
at the Venetian Resort in Las Vegas said, “True to its ‘heart’ the Coeur Blanc has weight and body without being
heavy or cloying. The penetrating fruit cuts a swath across your tongue with laser-like precision and freshness.
What a beautiful alternative to Chardonnay.” Robert Smith, MS, of Picasso Restaurant in Las Vegas gushed,
“This wine is quite wonderful and very interesting. The flavor components are stunning. I closed my eyes, and
thought Pinot Noir (Rouge), but then again Blanc.”
Only 75 six-bottle cases are available on pre-release order from the winery at $60 per bottle. The Domaine
Serene phone number is 1-866-864-6555, ext. 212. The winery will be open to the public Thanksgiving Weekend,
November 24th and 25th, 6555 Hilltop Lane, Dayton, Oregon (Willamette Valley).