Evening Land Vineyards Summum Seven Springs Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009
Pinot Noir from Oregon
Deep, brilliant garnet in color, the nose is voluptuous and broad showing red and black fruit at first and then opening into floral notes of rose and lavender with hints of cardamon and dried boletus. The palate is seamless with deep fruit flavors of blueberry and sour cherry cobbler, hints of rosemary and a very fine texture throughout.
Wine & Spirits - "Juicier than La Source, this has demonstrative black cherry and plum scents framed by hints of woodland briar and dried flowers. The wine is both ripe and lean, with flavors of wild cherry sprinkled with herbs and flowers, generous and clean-lined. Like La Source, it has presence without pronounced body, persistence without weight—contrasts that make the wine completely seductive and suggest a long life ahead."
Wine Spectator - "A delicate, ethereal style, light on its feet, with red berry and Earl Grey tea flavors gliding easily through the long, expressive finish. Gets more interesting with each sip, finishing harmonious and elegant."
International Wine Cellar - "Bright ruby-red. A heady, exotic bouquet displays an array of red fruit and floral qualities, with an intense mineral overtone. Graceful and precise, showing a completely different personality than the La Source, with sappy red berry and rose pastille flavors and notes of spicecake and blood orange. Mineral-driven and pure, with excellent finishing clarity and length; this will age on its balance."
The Wine Advocate - "The gorgeous nose of Evening Land’s 2009 Pinot Noir Seven Springs Vineyard Summum projects not just mint-, and cardamom-tinged, lightly-cooked pomegranate and red raspberry, but is also – did they blend Chardonnay into this?! – garlanded with iris and gentian. The complex dynamic offered on the palate involves the counterpoint of soothing, metaphorically cooling herbal essences with tart-edged, invigoratingly seedy red fruits; satiny texture with vivacious brightness; and octave leaps between high-toned floral perfume and a stony, woodsy ground. This could keep you and your chosen cuisine glorious company for hours ... or over at least another 6-8 years 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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