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Evening Land Seven Springs Vineyard La Source Chardonnay 2014

Chardonnay from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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13.2% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

The 2014 vintage of La Source Chardonnay continues the great tradition of elegance and richness they’ve come to expect from this site. Sourced from the old-vine Dijon clones in the lower half of the vineyard, La Source Chardonnay speaks of their volcanic soils and the sunny growing season of 2014 showing our estate's prototypical balance of opulence and vibrancy. The 2014 La Source Chardonnay was gently pressed into French oak barrels for spontaneous and indigenous fermentation. The wine was raised sur lie in Damy cooperage, roughly 75% of which was new, for 10 months before being racked to tank. After a light fining, the wine was bottled without filtering.

Critical Acclaim

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W&S 94
Wine & Spirits
Lean and taut when first poured, this chardonnay seems held in suspension by a gunflint, sulfite character. With air, the reduction recedes, revealing a tart, lemony white with savory flavors that are assertive but not weighty, mouthfilling but not heavy. Instead, the wine feels focused and kinetic, more about energy and movement than any particular flavor.
JS 93
James Suckling
A linear and dense wine with sliced-apple and honey character. Medium to full body, dense fruit and a flavorful, lively finish. Curious wine that shows some matchstick and earth at first on the nose that then blows off. Decant before serving. Drink now.
RP 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2014 Chardonnay Seven Springs Vineyard la Source, 20% matured in Stockinger 500-liter puncheons for 11 months, has a far superior bouquet compared to the Estate Chardonnay - much better delineation and mineralité, greater complexity and more Chablis-like. The palate is fresh and crisp with a keen line of acidity, a touch of lemongrass here with a vibrant finish that lingers in the mouth. This "wired" Chardonnay comes recommended.
WS 92
Wine Spectator
Bright, focused and laser-sharp, articulating the mineral-accented pear and citrus flavors. Lingers with presence. Drink now through 2024.
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Evening Land

Evening Land Vineyards

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Evening Land Vineyards, Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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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.

Eola-Amity Hills

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Running north to south, adjacent to the Willamette River, the Eola-Amity Hills AVA has shallow and well-drained soils created from ancient lava flows (called Jory), marine sediments, rocks and alluvial deposits. These soils force vine roots to dig deep, producing small grapes with great concentration. Like in the McMinnville sub-AVA, cold Pacific air streams in via the VanDuzer corridor and assists the maintenance of higher acidities in its grapes. This great concentration, combined with marked acidity, give the Eola-Amity Hills wines—namely Pinot noir—their distinct character. While the region covers 40,000 acres, no more than 1,400 acres are covered in vine.

Chardonnay

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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While practically every country in the wine producing world grows it, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. As far as cellar potential, white Burgundy rivals the world’s other age-worthy whites like Riesling or botrytized Semillon. California is Chardonnay’s second most important home, where both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines enjoy great popularity. Oregon, Australia and South America are also significant producers of Chardonnay.

In the Glass

When planted on cool sites, Chardonnay flavors tend towards grapefruit, lemon zest, green apple, celery leaf and wet flint, while warmer locations coax out richer, more tropical flavors of melon, peach and pineapple. Oak can add notes of vanilla, coconut and spice, while malolactic fermentation imparts a soft and creamy texture.

Perfect Pairings

Chardonnay is as versatile at the table as it is in the vineyard. The crisp, clean, Chablis-like styles go well with flaky white fish with herbs, scallops, turkey breast and soft cheeses. Richer Chardonnays marry well with lobster, crab, salmon, roasted chicken and creamy sauces.

Sommelier Secret

Since the 1990s, big, oaky, buttery Chardonnays from California have enjoyed explosive popularity. More recently, the pendulum has begun to swing in the opposite direction, towards a clean, crisp style that rarely utilizes new oak. In Burgundy, the subregion of Chablis, while typically employing the use of older oak barrels, produces a similar bright and acid-driven style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy its lighter style.

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