Evening Land Vineyards Seven Springs Vineyard La Source Pinot Noir 2010
Pinot Noir from Oregon
Clear ruby red in color with purple tones; the elegant nose dances between red and black wild berry aromas. The nose has layers of fragrant floral and spice notes including rose, lavender, exotic anise, and cinnamon. Complex aromas that are tight and subdued and take a few moments in the glass to develop. The palate has a fine texture of soft tannins with purity of flavors of bright cherry and a crushed rock character. The wine has wonderful balance and suppleness that sustain the elegant long finish.
Wine Spectator - "This red is remarkable for its array of vivid flavors on a sleek, airy frame, shading its juicy raspberry and cherry fruit with a streak of wet rock, crushed rose petal and white pepper, all of it put together seamlessly. The finish just doesn't quit. Drink now through 2020. 971 cases made."
Wine Enthusiast - "In a stellar lineup of 2010 Evening Land Pinots, this is the best. It displays eye-popping character and depth, a ripe powerhouse at just 13.1% alcohol. Black cherry fruit comes laced with cinnamon and baking spice notes. It’s a full, round, rich, and fruity wine that just never quits. "
International Wine Cellar - "Bright ruby. Aromas of raspberry and cherry are complemented by suave floral and spicecake nuances. The palate offers an array of sweet red and dark berry flavors, along with notes of candied lavender, cola and allspice. This juicy, precise pinot finishes with outstanding finishing and lingering florality. I find this wine less forthcoming than the Red Queen and suspect that it will age a bit longer. "
Wine & Spirits - "Light and sinewy, with a hint of sour cherry and dark strawberry, this feels poised and a bit distant when first poured, in keeping with the vintage. It broadens with air, the texture going creamy and gently sweet, brightened by fine acidity. It’s a wine that's quiet and composed to serve with smoked sturgeon or cod."
The Wine Advocate - "Evening Land’s 2010 Pinot Noir Seven Springs Vineyard La Source – representing selected, inter alia shallower tufa and weathered basalt soils – predictably has much in common with its generic counterpart, notably an emphasis on invigoratingly tart, juicy cranberry and cherry tinged with sassafras, fruit pit, and black pepper. But here, much more complexity is achieved, including overtones of floral perfume, lemon oil, and licorice as well as a mouthwateringly savory salted red meat undertone that carries through the multilayered and almost unstoppably vibrant finish. The clarity and polish of this performance are unlikely to diminish over the coming decade, but rather to be enhanced by their stay in bottle. "
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Evening Land Vineyards
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 Vineyards Wines
About Other Oregon
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:
Walla Walla Valley AVA– these are most often associated with Washington State, but technically they run over the state lines into Oregon. Most wineries only use a small fraction of grapes from the Oregon side in order to maintain a Washington State wine, but you may see some Oregon producers sourcing grapes from those small overlapping AVAs.
Southern Oregon AVA– encompassing the Rogue and Umpqua Valleys, this AVA is a large area where many producers are experimenting with Syrah.
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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