Grand Cru in Oregon!

96pt Chard & 95pt Pinot Noir from Evening Land

Evening Land Vineyards is a group headed by movie magnate Mark Tarlov that also owns Pinot vineyards in the Sonoma Coast and Santa Rita Hills and is also making wines in Burgundy (Vosne-Romanee, at that). They’ve also gained control of one of the Willamette Valley’s prized property, Seven Springs Vineyard in Eola-Amity Hills, always a great place for pinot and chard and it’s better now. Mark created an immediate sensation by signing on Dominique Lafon of Comte Lafon in Burgundy as the consulting winemaker. At last, Burgundian precision in American wine! Chardonnay intensely mineral; pinot seductive and elegant, showing cherry and herb, sexy and almost weightless. Grand Cru character without the steep price. Thrilling wines to please the American cheerleader or the diehard Burgundian. These will give you new hope for homegrown pinot and chardonnay, a new label to seek out, and exquisite quality.

 

2010 Evening Land Pinot Noir
Spanish Springs

…gorgeous wine laced with expressive plums, dark red cherries and spices, all supported by clean veins of minerality. This juicy, fruit-forward Pinot needs to be enjoyed… a lovely showing….

 

2010 Evening Land Pinot Noir
La Source Seven Springs

…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….

 

2010 Evening Land Pinot Noir
Red Queen Seven Springs

…Lush, pliant and sweet, offering intense red and dark berry preserve flavors and notes of sassafras and star anise. A subtle vanilla note carries through the long, penetrating finish, which shows no rough edges….

 

 
2010 Evening Land Chardonnay
Summum Seven Springs

Light, racy and aromatic… 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….

 

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