Evening Land Vineyards Seven Springs Vineyard Summum Chardonnay 2010
Chardonnay from Oregon
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.
Wine Spectator - "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."
Wine Enthusiast - "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."
The Wine Advocate - "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). "
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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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