Evening Land Red Queen Seven Springs Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010
Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
Dark ruby red in color with brilliant garnet tones, the nose is open, voluptuous and aerial with complex aromas of fresh sweet dark plum and cherry, notes of dusty rose complemented with spicy notes of green peppercorn and black olive. The palate has layered rich tannins and seductive candied fruit flavors wrapped in the round mouth feel. This wine shows great aging potential, but is already a crowd pleaser.
International Wine Cellar - "Vivid ruby-red. Cherry-cola, blackberry and Asian spices on the exotically perfumed nose. Lush, pliant and sweet, offering intense red and dark berry preserve flavors and notes of sassafras and star anise. A subtle vanilla note carries through the long, penetrating finish, which shows no rough edges. This pinot has the depth to age but already drinks very easily."
Wine Spectator - "Ripe cherry and spice flavors play with deftness on an open frame. This is generous with its fruit, showinbg subtle hints of black pepper and licorice. Finishes with intensity and impressive length."
The Wine Advocate - "With their 2010 Pinot Noir Seven Springs Vineyard Red Queen, the Evening Land team repeats an experiment attempted in the 2008 vintage of including around one-third whole clusters and stems in the ferment. The result makes for a striking and illuminating contrast with the otherwise nearly identical fruit and methods that informed the La Source of this vintage. Iris, gentian, black pepper, licorice, and smoky black tea convey aromatic as well as inner-mouth complexity to tart-edged red berries, all of which combine for a distinctive and forceful resonance that carries into a gripping finish. There is a chew to the tannins here but also expansiveness to the wine’s flower-enhanced inner-mouth perfume that set it apart from its stable mates. This is going to be fascinating to follow in parallel with its La Source sibling over the coming decade."
Wine Enthusiast - "The Red Queen bottling is Evening Land’s most limited in terms of production. The grapes are sourced from a block in the estate vineyard at the highest point of the hill, and the wine is aged in 30% new French oak for 14 months. Tasted a few weeks prior to its official release, it was stubbornly unyielding, even after a full 24 hours. Given the pedigree of this estate, and the superb quality of the two other 2010 Pinots, it is reasonable to expect this to come out of its hard shell and earn a much higher score."
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Evening Land Winery
Founded in 2005, Evening Land Vineyards is an ambitious and unique project dedicated to making world-class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the finest sites in California, Oregon and France. From the storied clay and limestone soils of Burgundy to the Eola-Amity Hills in Oregon, the true Sonoma Coast in Occidental and the western lip of Santa Barbara County's Sta. Rita Hills, Evening Land produces wines imbued with spirit of place. View all Evening Land Wines
About Willamette ValleyView a map of Willamette Valley wineries (will-AAM-it)
Named for the river that runs through the valley from Portland to Eugene, Willamette Valley is home to some of the best Pinot Noir vineyards in the Northwest. While along the same north/south line as Seattle, the Willamette Valley is protected from Pacific rains by the Coast Range on the western border and the Cascade Ranges to the east. Though sunshine is typically plentiful, rainfall can occasionally be tricky, and the wines here vary vintage to vintage. Within the Willamette Valley are are number of sub-regions, including McMinnville, Dundee and Yamhill.
Notable FactsThe valley is known for its Pinots – Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. With a climate similar to Burgundy – in rainfall, sunlight hours and other climate factors – Pinot Noir has flourished here. Pinot Noir in Oregon produces wines that are fruit forward, yet complex, some with good agebility.
Other than Pinot Noir, many wineries grow Pinot Gris and Chardonnay. Pinot Gris from Oregon is delightful in its texture and food friendliness. Chardonnay in the valley adapts well to the cool climate and produces lean, elegant wines.
About OregonOregon has long been an agricultural state, producing everything from hazelnuts to cattle. The Willamette Valley in particular is a fertile basin for all sorts of produce. Not quite pegged as a wine state, in 1965, a UC Davis graduate named David Lett decided that the Willamette's climate mirrored that of Burgundy in France. With that in mind, he decided to plant some Pinot Noir clones to see how they did. And a good gamble it was. The Willamette is now one of the only regions in the world to focus solely on Pinot Noir as its red variety. Also known for Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. The southern part of Oregon has been slower in delving into the world wine market, but has been making excellent strides with their Rhone style varietals, like Syrah and Grenache. There are also coastal regions producing promising wines.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.