Evening Land Summum Seven Springs Vineyard Chardonnay 2010
Chardonnay from Oregon
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Wine Style Guide
Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
Alcohol By Volume: 13.0%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most 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%.
Brilliant and pale straw in color, the aromas are still tight and compete for attention with citrus fruit and orange blossoms nose, an impressive crushed wet stone character and hints of flintiness. The attack on the palate is bright and light, yet finely textured with a mandarin orange character, focused and precise, the citrus and stony character lingers on the palate with an elegant finish.
"Light, racy and aromatic, with depth, offering mineral notes of crushed wet stone before delivering beautifully restrained apple, pineapple and citrus flavors that play against a lean, sinewy frame. The finish doesn't quit. Drink now through 2020. 217 cases made."
"This sets a high standard for Oregon Chardonnay. Bright and snappy, yet deep and concentrated, it’s a symphony of lemon, citrus, stone and tropical fruits, well-differentiated yet perfectly integrated. The extraordinary length and precise focus, along with the overall balance and structure, suggest that this should improve for many years to come."
"Evening Land’s 2010 Chardonnay Seven Springs Vineyard Summum was rendered in comparable volume to its La Source counterpart and with the same roughly 25% new wood and vinificatory regimen. A gorgeous, high-toned nose of white peach, iris, verbena, and lemon oil wafts from the glass, along with intimations of crushed stone, iodine, and crustacean shell reduction that mouthwateringly mingle with pure fruit and inner-mouth perfume on a polished yet almost athletically lean palate. Invigoratingly zesty and saliva-inducingly mineral notes add to the vibrant appeal of a long finish that preserves this wine’s utmost clarity of fruit and seductive florality. I imagine it will be worth following for the better part of a decade, considering that the 2007 (also reviewed on this occasion) isn’t showing the least sign of fading. If only there were more than the roughly 220 cases that exist of this (as well as of its La Source counterpart).
The Wine Advocate
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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.
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Like many other states, Oregon itself is an AVA of note. An Oregon wine can simply state Oregon as its place of origin, which typically means the grapes came from multiple smaller AVAs within the state.
Beyond the main AVAs of Oregon, like Willamette Valley, Rogue and Umpqua, smaller regions are gaining ground. Some you may see on the label include:
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White Wine's Queen Bee
Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different
soils and different climates. While frequently paired with
its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy,
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