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When word got out that Dominque Lafon had started making Pinot Noir in Oregon, it created quite a buzz. He signed on as the consulting winemaker for Evening Land Vineyards (ELV), a wine label started in 2005 by former attorney and producer and director in Hollywood, Mark Tarlov, along with partners Danny Meyer (Union Square Hospitality Group), the Prieur family of Domaine Jacques Prieur, and Dorothy Cann Hamilton, founder of the French Culinary Institute in New York City and CEO of the James Beard Foundation. The name Evening Land Vineyards was inspired by the lure of Homer's ideal garden and is the final chapter of Homer's Odyssey.
Since its founding, the winery has undergone a number of changes. Founder Mark Tarlov left the company in January 2012 and general manager Larry Stone also left the company. The remaining members of the board including chairman, Steven Webster, hired Greg Ralston as president and president and CEO in 2012. The winemaking team, however, remained intact initially.
In the summer of 2012, Evening Land sold its 40 acres of Sta. Rita Hills acreage holdings to winemaker Sashi Moorman, sommelier Rajat Parr and their business partners. Moorman and Parr introduced their own estate label, Domaine de la Côte in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA in the fall of 2013. In 2014, Moorman, Parr and Charles Banks of Terroir Selections became minority partners in Evening Land Vineyards and took over operations. Winemaker Ian Burch, who had been an assistant winemaker for the firm in both burgundy and Oregon, replaced founding winemaker Isabelle Meunier. Meunier had overseen the company's wines since 2007 as well as the conversion of Seven Springs Vineyard to biodynamic viticulture, and overtook responsibility for the company's Sonoma Coast wines in 2012. Dominique Lafon, a consultant on the project, continued to play a large role. A new label, Seven Springs Vineyard, was created for wines from the estate vineyard, and the Evening Land label was for wines from sourced grapes.
In 2014, Terroir Selections acquired a large share of winemaker Jamey Whetstone's two brands - Manifesto and Whetstone Wine Cellars - and hired Whetstone as winemaker for Evening Land Vineyards' Sonoma operations. Whetstone focused on the Sonoma Coast operation and its 3.5-acre Occidental Vineyard.
Evening Land Vineyards owns two vineyards in California, Occidental Vineyard in the Sonoma Coast (the source of Kistler’s Cuvee Elizabeth before it was acquired by ELV; pictured right) and Wind Harps Vineyard on the westernmost fringe of the Sta. Rita Hills developed in 2006. Pinot Noir from these two sites has been crafted by veteran winemaker Sashi Moorman (Stolpman Vineyards) in Lompoc. Lafon declined to make Pinot Noir from California, claiming the wines were too extracted and high in alcohol. Instead, he consulted with winemaker Isabelle Meunier, who formerly worked at Le Clos Jordanne in Niagara, Canada, on the Oregon Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs. Christophe Vial produced wines in Beaune.
As widely reported in the wine press, Tarlov and his investment group signed a 45-year lease in 2007 of Seven Springs Vineyard, a revered 62-acre Pinot Noir vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills appellation. Tarlov had been attempting to purchase the vineyard outright since 2004 without success. Seven Springs Vineyard was split by divorce of the original owners of Seven Springs Vineyard in 2001 into Anden Vineyard, owned by Al McDonald, and Seven Springs Vineyard, owned by his former spouse, Joni Weatherspoon. When Joni died in 2003, her children took over ownership. The vineyard has been rechristened and unified as Seven Springs Vineyard under the ELV lease. Seven Springs Vineyard has been the source for Pinot Noir from several esteemed producers including Adelsheim, Bethel Heights, Cristom, Domaine Drouhin, Evesham Wood, Penner-Ash, Rex Hill, and St. Innocent. None of these wineries continued to receive fruit after the 2008 vintage. St. Innocent will be the most affected as they source about a third of the fruit originating from Seven Springs Vineyard. Considerable investment by ELV is being directed at enlarging and improving the vineyard which has some phylloxera damaged vines over twenty-five years old. A new trellising system and biodynamic strategies have been instituted.
At one time, a total of 120 acres of heritage vineyards were farmed organically by Evening Land Vineyards, producing 13 Estate wines. There was a mix of old vine own rooted Oregon and California heritage clones, cuttings from established Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyards of Burgundy and an experimental block of Pinot Noir grown from seed.
Evening Land Vineyards had wineries in Lompoc, California, Carlton, Oregon and Beaune, France. The first wine, labelled ELV Celebration, was a Gamay Noir released in 2008. Two 2007 ELV Seven Springs Vineyard Pinot Noirs followed in 2009. By 2011, multiple Oregon and California bottlings followed including three wines from Seven Springs Vineyard in the 2009 vintage: Seven Springs Estate Pinot Noir, Seven Springs Estate "La Source" Pinot Noir, and Seven Springs Estate "La Source" Chardonnay.
With the 2014 vintage, Evening Land became the name of the winery, producing exclusively Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the Seven Springs Vineyard. The 2014 vintage was the 30th anniversary vintage from Seven Springs Vineyard and also marks the first vintage with Parr and Moorman as the sole stewards of the vineyard. New labels were designed by Michael Kirts. Ben DiCristina is also part of the winemaking team.
In 2014 an Anden Pinot Noir was produced in small amounts from old phylloxera-affected vines and was available only as part of a 12-bottle case including the winery's other 3 top bottlings: La Source Pinot Noir, La Source Chardonnay and Summum Chardonnay. The Estate series of wines included Seven Springs Pinot Noir, Seven Springs Chardonnay and Seven Springs Gamay Noir.
The original ELV wines had pricing based on a color-coded system with a range from blue, silver, gold and white labels, with white being the most expensive at about $120 a bottle and blue the most inexpensive at about $35 a bottle. In 2014, new labels were designed for the Evening Land brand. Current annual production is 4,000 cases, of which 100% is estate grown.
In 2018, the winemakers were Ben DiCristina and his assistant Julian Elam.
The Chardonnays from Oregon have set a benchmark for that state. To sign up for the mailing list or to purchase wines, visit the website. A tasting room is located in Dundee.
2017 Evening Land Seven Springs Estate La Forêt Eola-Amity Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
12.5% alc.,1,200 bottles, $(available only as part of the Reserve Allocation). Debut vintage. Sourced solely from the prized La Forêt (“the forest”)Vineyard at the summit of Seven Springs Vineyard. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. A glorious combination of darker red berry fruits and earth tone in a mid weight styled wine. Luscious yet light on its feet with impeccable balance. A captivating, sexy wine that aims to please with its silky tannins and extremely long finish. Wow! Score: 95. Reviewed October 26, 2019 ARTICLE »
2017 Evening Land Seven Springs Eola-Amity Hills Willamette Valley Chardonnay
13.0% alc., $35 ($70 magnum). · Light golden yellow color in the glass. Noticeable flinty reduction along with aromas of lemongrass and pineapple. Light in weight but pleasing, with a core of lemon-lime flavor. Sleek, with adequate grip, the faintest oak, and a 7-Up finish with a little length. Score: 90. Reviewed October 26, 2019 ARTICLE »
2017 Evening Land Seven Springs Eola-Amity Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
13.0% alc., $35. ($70 magnum). This wine is built around Pommard and Wädenswil vines planted in · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Fresh aromas of black cherry and earthy flora with a bit of oak. A middleweight style that is both earthy and fruity, offering flavors of black cherry and purple berry. Suave in texture with very fine tannins and a juicy cut of acidity on the finish. This wine shows the most oak of the 2017 Pinots tasted here. Score: 89. Reviewed October 26, 2019 ARTICLE »
2017 Evening Land Seven Springs Estate La Source Eola-Amity Hills Willamette Valley Chardonnay
13.0% alc., $75 ($150 magnum). · Light golden yellow color in the glass. The slightest flinty reduction upon opening. Aromas of yellow apple, pear and oak-driven vanilla and spice. More mouth filling pleasure and textural interest, featuring flavors of lemon-lime, green apple and pear shot through with gregarious acidity. Score: 93. Reviewed October 26, 2019 ARTICLE »
2017 Evening Land Seven Springs Estate La Source Eola-Amity Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
13.5% alc., $75 ($150 magnum). Dijon clone vines at the top of Seven Springs Vineyard. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Very expressive nose revealing aromas of cherry, black raspberry, spice, and underbrush. Clearly a step up over the Seven Springs bottling with a charge of dark red and black cherry fruit making a noticeable mid palate and finishing impression. Nicely composed, with integrated tannins and great drive. This wine has that ephemeral quality that can be so appealing in Pinot Noir. Score: 92. Reviewed October 26, 2019 ARTICLE »
2017 Evening Land Anden Seven Springs Vineyard Eola- Amity Hills Pinot Noir
13.0% alc., 159 cases, $100. This wine celebrates the history of Seven Springs Vineyard’s original 1984 plantings of own-rooted Pommard and Wädenswil clones. 100% whole cluster, indigenous fermentation in open-top concrete fermenter. Aged 16 months in neutral Ermitage oak barrels. · A fitting sign-off for a wine composed of fruit from 33-year-old vines. Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Welcoming aromas of black cherry, red rose petal, pine sap and beguiling spice. Crisp, clean and sleek, featuring a mid-weight core of luscious dark cherry fruit subtlety spiced and revealing understated power. The wine brings a harmonious composure tendered by gossamer tannins and good verve, with a lengthy, cherry-infused finish that urges another sip. Score: 94. Reviewed May 30, 2022 ARTICLE »
2017 Evening Land Seven Springs Estate Anden Eola-Amity Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
13.0% alc.,1,800 bottles, $100 ($200 magnum). Last vintage from these old vines. Aged in 100% new Ermitage French oak barrels. Unfiltered. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. The nose is rather exotic with scents of darker fruits and mysterious spices. Suave and gracious on the palate in a middleweight style with giving flavors of purple and black fruits framed by restrained tannins. The fruit core is complimented with flavors of earth, animale, and tobacco making this wine quite distinctive. Better when tasted several hours after opening. Needs a few years in the cellars to unfold. Score: 94. Reviewed October 26, 2019 ARTICLE »
2017 Evening Land Seven Springs Estate Summum Eola-Amity Hills Willamette Valley Chardonnay
13.0% alc., $100 ($200 magnum). Crafted from just 14 rows of the best Chardonnay vines at Seven Springs Vineyard. Fermented and raised in new Stockinger puncheons. · Light golden yellow color in the glass. Enviable marriage of citrus, pear, lemon and reduction scents that persist over time in the glass. Noticeably intense on the palate with excellent energy, offering flavors of lemon-lime and green apple. Impressive length in the mouth and on the extended finish. A high-collared, “mineral-bound” wine that checks all the right boxes. Score: 95. Reviewed October 26, 2019 ARTICLE »
2017 Evening Land Summum Seven Springs Estate Eola- Amity Hills Willamette Valley Chardonnay
13.0% alc., 337 cases, $100. Yes, this is expensive, but worth every penny. Produced from just 14 rows of the best Chardonnay vines at the top of Seven Springs Vineyard. The winery considers this offering their “utmost” and I agree. Gentle whole cluster Champagne press cycle and aged in neutral Stockinger 500 ml puncheons. Indigenous fermentation and aged 12 months in puncheon and 6 months in tank. Light fining without filtration. · The glorious potential of Oregon Chardonnay is exemplified in this classy wine. Perfumed with aromas of Meyer lemon, poached pear, and slight matchstick reduction. The flavors of lemon-lime and Granny Smith apple are uplifting and long in the mouth. A good compliment of bright acidity infuses the fruit flavors with “minerality” and juiciness. 95-96 score range. Note: the wine is still available from the winery. Score: 95-96. Reviewed February 17, 2020 ARTICLE »
2016 Evening Land Seven Springs Eola-Amity Hills Gamay Noir
12.5% alc. $35., From a 3-acre block of estate Gamay Noir planting that is among some of the oldest Gamay vines in North America. Vinified in the traditional Beaujolaise approach in the cellar. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. Pleasant aromas of cherry liquor, strawberry malt, and a leafy/vegetal note. Mid weight flavors of red cherry, cranberry are shot through with a herbaceous tone. Refreshingly crisp, with balanced tannins and a juicy, red cherry-themed finish. Score: 88. Reviewed December 3, 2017 ARTICLE »
2015 Evening Land La Source Seven Springs Estate Eola-Amity Hills Chardonnay
13.0% alc., $75. This wine is a good example of the excitement around Oregon Chardonnay these days. Large once-used puncheons were employed in this vintage that yielded limited quantities. · Moderately light golden yellow color in the glass. Flat-out enchanting aromas of green apple, iron, and considerable stony minerality. Crisp flavors of green apple, apple butter, citrus and honey combine to elate the palate. The wine is clean, almost crunchy and quenching like a cold, cut apple. The fruit is enlivened by bright but complimentary acidity that lifts the mouthwatering, lengthy finish. There is plenty of “minerality” to excite even the most finicky Chardonnay connoisseur. Score: 95. Reviewed December 3, 2017 ARTICLE »
2015 Evening Land Seven Springs La Source Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir
13.0% alc., $75, Dijon clones planted in shallow and rocky soils at the very top of the vineyard. · Moderately light ruby red color in the glass. Welcoming aromas of black cherry, spice, burnt tobacco, mocha and toast maintain over time in the glass. Delicious and seductive, with mid weight flavors of black cherry and black raspberry highlighted by baking spice and sandalwood goodness and underlain with complimentary oak. Rather elegant, with inviting Pinot delicacy, offering more flavor and complexity than the color would dictate. The finish has unusually gratifying length. A memorable wine from an iconic vineyard. Score: 95. Reviewed December 3, 2017 ARTICLE »
2015 Evening Land Anden Seven Springs Estate Eola-Amity Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
12.5% alc., $100. For a brief period, following the divorce of Seven Springs Estate founders Al MacDonald and Joni Weatherspoon, the Seven Springs Vineyard was cleaved in two. Joni retained the vineyard’s upper half and the name Seven Springs, while Al christened the lower portion ‘Anden,’ a linkage of their children’s names Andrew and Kristen. The lower half of the vineyard is home to the Seven Springs’ original plantings of Pommard and Wädenswil on their own roots dating to 1984. Anden Pinot Noir celebrates the oldest corner of the Seven Springs vineyard as it slowly succumbs to phylloxera. 100% whole cluster, aged in 100% new Ermitage oak barrels and bottled without filtration. · Light ruby red color in the glass. Intoxicating aromas of cherry, mulch, burnt tobacco and spice. Light to mid weight in concentration, with a generous charge of dark red cherry fruit. Hints of tobacco, earth, toast and vegetation add interest. Elegantly composed and silky in the mouth, with imperceptible tannins and an extremely long finish reflecting the pedigree of the vines. This wine won’t bowl you over with sap, but it will seduce you with nuance. As the winery announcement said, “A subdued and timeless interpretation of Pinot Noir ….and a celebration of the finite time these vines have left.” Score: 96. Reviewed May 10, 2018 ARTICLE »
2014 Seven Springs Estate Anden Eola-Amity Hills Oregon Pinot Noir
13.5% alc., $. The lower half of Seven Springs Vineyard is home to the original 1984 plantings of Pommard and Wädenswil clones of Pinot Noir planted on their own roots. This wine celebrates the history of Seven Springs focusing on vines that are slowly succumbing to the ravages of phylloxera. The smallest and most beautiful clusters are harvested and fermented on the stems. The wine was raised in 100% new Ermitage barrels and bottled without filtration. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Very shy nose initially, even reductive, picking up appealing aromas of cherry, spice and toasty oak over time. Very fulfilling in the mouth, with a whole cluster fermented demeanor, offering flavors of dark cherry, spice and burnt tobacco. There is also a savory underpinning that is intriguing. Very subtle oak support, integrated tannins and a juicy finish. Even better when tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle indicating this wine will benefit from more time in the cellar. Score: 94-95. Reviewed May 7, 2017 ARTICLE »
2014 Seven Springs Eola-Amity Hills Oregon Chardonnay
13.1% alc., $45. · Moderate golden yellow color in the glass. The wine leads with aromas of lemon butter, vanilla and slate. Clean and crisp on the palate, with flavors of lemon-lime, grapefruit, white peach and vanilla creme with added accents of butter and oak. Forward and giving, with a lengthy, mouthwatering, citrus-driven finish. Still perfectly fine when tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Score: 92. Reviewed May 6, 2017 ARTICLE »
2014 Seven Springs Estate Eola-Amity Hills Oregon Pinot Noir
13.1% alc., 2,078 cases, $45. Produced from own-rooted Pommard and Wädenswil vines planted in 1984. 75% of fruit de-stemmed. Aged 16 months in French oak barrels, 30% new. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. Embraceable aromas of black cherry, cardamom spice, toast and burnt tobacco. Mid weight flavors of black cherry with an earthy riff in a very engaging style. There is noticeable smoky oak overlay but it is not excessive. The tannins are silky, and the tart cherry finish has good persistence and cut. Score: 93. Reviewed May 7, 2017 ARTICLE »
2014 Seven Springs Estate La Source Eola-Amity Hills Oregon Chardonnay
13.2% alc., 315 cases, $75. Sourced from old-vine Dijon clones in the lower half of the vineyard. Gently pressed into French oak barrels for spontaneous and indigenous fermentation. Raised on the lees in Damy cooperage, 75% new, for 10 months before being racked to tank. After a light fining, the wine was bottled without filtering. · Moderately light golden yellow color in the glass. A reductive style with aromas of citrus fruits, flint and a peek of oak. Slightly creamy on the palate with flavors of lemon, white stone fruits and mineral-inflected, juicy acidity. More fruit sap, body and finish than the Eola-Hills bottling, with a seductive texture. When tasted the following day, the reductive character had largely resolved and the wine showed a range of appealing citrus flavors. Score: 94. Reviewed May 6, 2017 ARTICLE »
2014 Seven Springs Estate La Source Eola-Amity Hills Oregon Pinot Noir
13.1% alc., 1,611 cases, $75. Since 2012, this wine has always been a selection of the very best barrels in the cellar. For this vintage, rather than hew to tradition, Sashi Moorman and Rajat Parr tasted through all individual blocks of Seven Springs Vineyard. The uppermost blocks planted to Dijon clones set themselves apart from the older vines downslope. The upper vines are in rockier soils and exposed to windier conditions making them stressed. Adjacent to the top block is a small vineyard called Clos de La Fôret that is encircled by a dense grove of Douglas Fir (see photo below). This block performs beautifully in a warm vintage like 2014. This wine was aged in French oak barrels, 30% new, and bottled without fining or filtration. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. Welcoming aromas of cherry, pomegranate, rose petal, exotic spices and sweet pipe smoke. Delicious attack of cherry fruit with added notes of spice and rose water. Luscious, yet balletic, with refined tannins, complimentary oak, and an aromatic finish featuring cherry and strawberry at its best. This wine is a perfect example of why people get so excited about Pinot Noir. It simply grabs your heart. Still superb when tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Score: 96. Reviewed May 7, 2017 ARTICLE »
2014 Seven Springs Estate Summum Eola-Amity Hills Oregon Chardonnay
12.9% alc., 441 cases, $100. Sourced from just 14 rows threading the spine of the vineyard. The wine was fermented and aged in 100% new Stockinger punchones, undergoing spontaneous and indigenous fermentation. The wine was raised in puncheon for 10 months and finished in tank before bottling. · Moderate golden yellow color in the glass. I try to defer the use of the vague word “minerality,” but that was what came to mind when I tasted this wine. I was infatuated with the nose that offered aromas of citrus, pear, flint and toast. Slightly creamy in the mouth offering significant mid palate presence and finish, strutting flavors of lemon-lime, pear, hints of tropical fruits and a slight butter note. The soprano finish delivers grapefruit and lemon-lime goodness and tartar-chasing acidity. A bit of flinty reduction remained when tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. This wine offers both vivacious acidity and richness of flavor. Score: 94. Reviewed May 6, 2017 ARTICLE »
2013 Seven Springs Vineyards Eola-Amity Hills Oregon Pinot Noir
13.0% alc., 2,469 cases, $40. Released fall 2015. The only bottling in the Evening Land Vineyards 2013 lineup to include non-estate fruit. Sourced from three vineyards within the Eola-Amity Hills (young vines Seven Springs, Rocky Hill and Eola Springs vineyards). Following a 4 to 5-day cold soak, there is a feral fermentation in open-top oak and concrete fermenters. Aged in neutral French oak barrels. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Aromatically charming with scents of cherry, spice and sandalwood. Light to medium in weight, with flavors of cherry and boysenberry, backed by a hint of oak seasoning. Elegant in style with a dry, lengthy finish. Score: 89. Reviewed October 2, 2016 ARTICLE »
2012 Evening Land Vineyards Eola-Amity Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
13.8% alc., $40. Primarily from Eola Springs Vineyard and new plantings from Seven Springs Vineyard. 100% de-stemmed, 4 to 5-day cold soak in open top oak and concrete fermenters. Aged in once-filled and neutral French oak barrels for 14 months. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Initial aromas of briar, wood shed and pine tar give way to more appealing scents of cherry and sandalwood over time in the glass. Mid weight plus sweet and sappy flavors of black cherry, black raspberry and boysenberry carry over to a slightly astringent finish with some length. An oak thread (anise and cola) runs through the background. I liked this wine more over time in the glass. Score: 89. Reviewed May 14, 2015 ARTICLE »
2012 Evening Land Vineyards Seven Springs Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
13.9% alc., $55. A representation of the entire vineyard including old vine, own-rooted Pommard clone. 100% de-stemmed, natural fermentation after a 4 to 5-day cold soak in open top oak and concrete fermenters. Aged 16 months in French oak barrels, 30% new. · Medium reddish purple color in the glass. The nose is propelled by wood-charged purple fruits and a note of spice and pencil lead. Rich and sappy, with a full-bodied attack of ripe blackberry and boysenberry fruits framed by modest, sleek tannins. Oak plays a complimentary role in the background. Most impressive is the follow through on the generous finish. Seems to need for time to come together, like an awkward teenager with great potential reaching for adulthood. Score: 91-92. Reviewed May 14, 2015 ARTICLE »
2012 Evening Land Vineyards Seven Springs Vineyard La Source Eola-Amity Hills Willamette Valley Chardonnay
14.0% alc., $70 (sold out). Sourced from old vine Dijon clone planted in 1995. Whole cluster pressed, indigenous fermentation, aged 11 months in French oak barrels, 25% new, and further aged in tank for another 5 months on lees. · Light golden straw color in the glass. Aromas of lemon, mango and nut oil leap from the glass. Refined and restrained flavors of citrus, Asian pear and caramel with a thirst-quenching finish. Very juicy and polished with subtle oak seasoning. I could drink this all night. Score: 92. Reviewed May 14, 2015 ARTICLE »
2012 Evening Land Vineyards Seven Springs Vineyard La Source Eola-Amity Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
13.9% alc., $75 (sold out). An expression of both rocky and shallow soils, containing old Pommard vines that are farmed organically and biodynamically. 100% de-stemmed, natural fermentation after a 4 to 5-day cold soak in open top oak and concrete fermenters. Aged 16 months in French oak barrels, 30% new. · Dark reddish purple color in the glass. The nose is dark fruited, with hints of oak-driven toast and vanilla. Stunning entry and finish with layers of well-spiced black cherry and blackberry fruits in a full-bodied style. The tannic backbone is well proportioned and the texture is one of refinement. Despite its richness, the wine has good vibrancy. A classy offering that makes a statement and should benefit from another year or two in bottle. Score: 93-94. Reviewed May 14, 2015 ARTICLE »
2012 Evening Land Vineyards Seven Springs Vineyard Summum Eola-Amity Hills Willamette Valley Chardonnay
13.1% alc., $90 (sold out). Only produced in vintages that bring out the best characteristics of the highest elevation of the vineyard. Sourced from old vine Dijon 76 clone planted in 1995 that sits slightly higher on the hill than the fruit for the La Source Chardonnay. Long, gentle pressing of whole clusters, spontaneous indigenous fermentation, aged 11 months in French oak barrels, 25% new with gentle lees stirring, and an additional aging in tank for another 5 months. · Light golden yellow color in the glass. Inviting aromas of pear, citrus, melon, flinty reduction and a hint of oak. Slightly creamy on the palate, and very fruity and flirty, with flavors of lemon cake and white stone fruits with a touch of caramelized oak. Impeccable balance and a dry, lengthy finish that vanishes like fine Champagne. One of Oregon’s greatest Chardonnays. Score: 94. Reviewed May 14, 2015 ARTICLE »
2011 Evening Land Spanish Springs Vineyard Edna Valley Pinot Noir
13.0% alc., $20. · Dark reddish purple color in the glass. The nose opens slowly in the glass to reveal aromas of dark stone fruits, oak and herb garden. Luscious essence of sweet black cherries with a hint of cassis, anise, oak and savory herbs. The velvety mouthfeel is welcoming and the firm, dry tannins are well managed. The wine finishes on a high note with a good cut of acidity. Score: 90. Reviewed July 19, 2014 ARTICLE »
2010 Evening Land Spanish Springs Edna Valley Pinot Noir
13.5% alc., 429 cases, $35, released summer 2012. 20% whole clusters. Vineyard is 2 miles from the Pacific Ocean sheltered behind the coastal range. The soils are diverse and well drained. Shorter fermentations and longer pressing with more of the press wine taken to barrel with the free run wine. New oak less than 25%. · Dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Nicely perfumed with scents of darker berries, plum, oak spice and violets. Middleweight, appealing flavors of blackberries, black currants, and sweet plums, engaged by supple tannins and bright acidity, with a slight oak undertone. Easy to drink with excellent balance and a seductively satiny mouth feel. Very good. Reviewed October 26, 2012 ARTICLE »
2010 Evening Land Evening Land Estate Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
13.0% alc., 652 cases, $45, released summer 2012. Vineyards planted with tight spacing using California heritage clones exclusively. Representative of diverse vineyard blocks. · Dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Aromas of black berries, black grapes, tea leaf, dried herbs and mushrooms. Exotic and savory with an enjoyable core of fresh dark berries and a soft note of citrus-flavored cranberries on the finish. The wine was significantly better the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle showing more expressive fruit and less savory aromas and flavors. Very good. Reviewed October 26, 2012 ARTICLE »
2010 Evening Land Evening Land Estate Bloom’s Field Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
13.0% alc., 114 cases, $60, released summer 2012. From a cool vineyard block due to exposure to winds from the Pacific Ocean. The soil is clay loam and rich in iron. Because there were many shot berries, the clusters were de-stemmed. A long cold soak was employed and a slightly extended maceration at the end of fermentation enriched the tannins. New oak less than 10%. · Deep, dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Fairly nondescript nose with a hint of dark berries. Vibrant fruitiness with flavors of blackberries and boysenberries fanning out nicely on the palate and finishing with some strength and persistence. The wine is fresh and lively due to bright acidity but is burdened with considerable rustic tannins at this stage. It is a bit muddled and brooding, especially on the nose, and may benefit from more time in bottle although it tasted the same the following day from a previously opened bottle. Good. Reviewed October 26, 2012 ARTICLE »
2010 Evening Land Evening Land Estate Memorious Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
13.5% alc., 122 cases, $60, released summer 2012. Last part of vineyard to be harvested and the vineyard's most vigorous wine. The name comes from the seedling block that resides inside it. 7,000 seedlings planted, taken from Evening Land vineyards in Sonoma. Because these seedlings display the genetic diversity of Pinot Noir, they represent the "memory" of Pinot Noir. The fruit from these seedlings was not included in this wine. A little more new oak but less than 10%. Indigenous yeast fermentations. · Dark reddish-purple color in the glass. A generous array of purple and black fruit aromas with a complimentary hint of spice and oak, taking on more intensity over time in the glass. Very tasty blackberry core which enters with aplomb and expands in the mouth, filling every nook and cranny. A slight fresh citrus-driven acidity in the background gives the wine lift and a savory note adds interest. This one really grows on you over time. The following day when tasted from a previously opened and re-corked bottle, the evocative fruit had picked up intensity and the aromatics were still fresh and lively. This wine is a real attention-getter. Reviewed October 26, 2012 ARTICLE »
2010 Evening Land Evening Land Estate Tempest Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
13.0% alc., 88 cases, $60, released summer 2012. A blend of Swan and Calera clones. From a warm part of the vineyard protected from the wind by a large rock outcropping to the west. · Dark reddish-purple hue in the glass. Terrific nose offering aromas of fresh, ripe black raspberries and blackberries with a hint of forest floor in the background. Moderately rich with lasting flavors of blackberries and black currants with a subtle herbal oak imprint. The fruit is pulled into line with firm, ripe tannins and wellintegrated acidity, and offers a flamboyant display on the finish. Even better the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Very good (+). Reviewed October 26, 2012 ARTICLE »
2010 Evening Land La Source Seven Springs Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir
13.0% alc., 971 cases, $60. 100% de-stemmed, 4-5-day cold soak in open top oak and cement fermenters. Aged 14 months in 25% new French Oak. Unfined and unfiltered. · Light garnet color in the glass. Marked reduction upon opening with aromas of matchstick and wood shed, leading to light flavors of red cherries and berries, oak vanillin and sulfur. The wine was then decanted and re-tasted later in the day and the following day. The reduction largely resolved with much more expressive aromatics and flavors with bright, fresh flavors of ripe dark berries. Good. Reviewed September 12, 2012 ARTICLE »
2010 Evening Land Red Queen Seven Springs Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir
13.0% alc., 311 cases, $75. From a specific vineyard block that sits at the highest point of the hill, where the volcanic Basalt rocks come closer to the surface. 30% whole cluster fermentation in an open-top oak fermenter. Aged 14 months in 30% new French oak. Unfined and unfiltered. · Light garnet color in the glass. Fruity nose with an array of dark red cherry and berry aromas. Elegant and silky on the palate, with a delicious core of dark red Pinot fruits complimented by oak, finishing with a hint of spice and savory herbs. Impeccable balance and easy drink ability at this early stage. Very good. Reviewed September 12, 2012 ARTICLE »
2009 Evening Land Seven Springs Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
13.75% alc., pH 3.56, TA 0.54, 1,528 cases, $40. Own-rooted Pommard with some 114, 115 and 777. Planted in 1984, 1988, and 1993 to 1996. Volcanic basalt soils of the Jory series. 100% de-stemmed, indigenous fermentation, aged 12 months in 25% new French oak barrels. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. Winemaker is Isabelle Meunier and consulting winemaker is Dominique Lafon. · Moderate reddish-purple hue in the glass. Muted aromatically and slightly reduced initially, offering over time aromas of black cherries, smoky oak and humus. Medium-weighted mix of dark red and black berry and black cherry fruits backed by moderate grainy tannins, finishing with a spiced fruit, oak-marked finish. I rechecked the wine from a previously opened and re-corked the next day and two days later, and the wine become much more expressive over time, with brighter fruit aromas and flavors while still retaining a noticeable oak underpinning. Great potential here, but the wine needs more time in bottle. Very good. Reviewed November 2, 2011 ARTICLE »
2009 Evening Land Seven Springs Vineyard Summum Pinot Noir
13.75% alc., $120. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Shy fruit aromas with oak in the background. Savory and juicy cherry and berry fruit wrapped in supple tannins with a crisp finish. On the delicate side and approachable now, this is quintessential Oregon Pinot Noir that presently only hints at its full potential. Very good. Reviewed March 12, 2011 ARTICLE »
2008 Evening Land Vineyards Oregon Pinot Noir
13.4% alc., $25. Second vintage from a new Oregon and California producer. Sourced from Southern Oregon (50%), the Eola-Amity Hills (30%) and Dundee Hills (20%). Natural fermentation, 20% whole cluster. Noted Burgundy vigneron, Dominque Lafon, consults on the Oregon wines. · Dark reddish-purple in color. The shy dark red fruits are overshadowed by heavy oak toast and burnt caramel aromas. Juicy core of red and purple stone fruits and berries with a citrus underpinning. Full-bodied, fruit-driven and simple with supple tannins for easy daily drinking. Oregon fruit in a California style. Decent (+). Reviewed February 15, 2010 ARTICLE »
2008 Evening Land Vineyards Oregon Pinot Noir
13.4% alc., $25. Mostly Seven Springs Vineyard fruit. Consulting winemaker if Frenchman Dominque Lafon. · Moderately intense reddish-purple color in the glass. Dark fruits including plums and ollaliberries are featured on the nose with aromatic hints of spice, balsam and sawdust. Well-endowed with caressing fruit which persists on the finish. A California styled wine without all the alcohol. Good. Reviewed June 22, 2010 ARTICLE »
2008 Evening Land Seven Springs Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir
13.5% alc., $35. From The Evening Land Vineyards, Salem, OR. · Aromas of dark cherries, wooded forest and oak. Charming cherry and raspberry fruit with a hint of oak-derived vanillin, smoke and grilled meats. The tannins are restrained and the fruit-packed finish lingers. Needs time to reach its full expression and allow the oak to integrate, but a solid wine that will shine. Very good. Reviewed August 7, 2010 ARTICLE »
2008 Evening Land Seven Springs Vineyard La Source Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
13.5% alc., $60. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. Shy nose offering more oak than fruit. Mouth coating fruit with incredible intensity on the palate persisting on the explosive finish. Fine-grain tannins enrobe the vivid dark cherry and berry fruit, with a noticeable oak underpinning. The Evening Land Pinots all have a significant oak imprint. Very good. Reviewed March 12, 2011 ARTICLE »
2007 Evening Land Vineyards Seven Springs Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
13.38% alc., $40. The historic Seven Springs Vineyard was originally planted in 1984 in the Eola Hills with additions from 1993 to 1995, now spanning 65 acres. Clones are 114, 115, 777, Pommard and Wadenswil. Aged in 30% new French oak barrels. · This is a strange wine whose medium-weighted cherry and berry fruit is dominated by smoke and old wood on the nose and by an unpleasant oily flavor on the palate. Tasted three times over the past 6 months and discussed with the winemaker, Isabelle Meunier, who recommended giving the wine more time. Unsatisfactory. Reviewed November 29, 2009 ARTICLE »
2007 Evening Lands Vineyards Seven Springs Vineyard La Source Eola- Amity Hills Chardonnay
12.9% alc., $80. · Light gold color. Delicate aromas of pear, banana and a hint of oak which are echoed on the palate. Soft and velvety in the mouth with ample acidity. A white Burgundy styled wine that is reserved, yet quite enjoyable. One of the best Chardonnays I have sampled from Oregon. Reviewed September 5, 2009 ARTICLE »
2006 Evening Land Vineyards The Occidental Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
14.9% alc., 120 cases, $150. 3.51 acres, 15 year-old vines, yield 1.28 tons per acre of Calera clone. This wine is crafted by Sashi Moorman in Lompoc. · Very dark reddish-purple color. A shy and brooding nose which starts out with woodsy and barnyard aromas but evolves nicely revealing bright fresh berries, violets and a hint of tobacco. Rich, plush and multilayered on the palate featuring dark stone fruits and flavors of fig and cola framed by a lively edge of acidity. The texture is pillowy and the finish, which has a citrus peel note, lasts and lasts. There still are substantial tannins to shed. Decant if you drink now and pair up with substantial food. This wine will cellar very well. Reviewed May 7, 2009 ARTICLE »