Elegant, layered aromas of dark berries, spices and fragrant florals including rose, lavender, exotic anise, and cinnamon take a few moments to develop. The balanced and supple finish echoes bright and pure flavors of cherries and crushed rock.
Wine Advocate 92 points - Evening Land’s 2010 Pinot Noir Seven Springs Vineyard La Source - representing selected, inter alia shallower tufa and weathered basalt soils - predictably has much in common with its generic counterpart, notably an emphasis on invigoratingly tart, juicy cranberry and cherry tinged with sassafras, fruit pit, and black pepper. But here, much more complexity is achieved, including overtones of floral perfume, lemon oil, and licorice as well as a mouthwateringly savory salted red meat undertone that carries through the multilayered and almost unstoppably vibrant finish. The clarity and polish of this performance are unlikely to diminish over the coming decade, but rather to be enhanced by their stay in bottle. (Aug 2012)
Wine Spectator 95 points - Remarkable for its 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. Drink now through 2020. From Oregon.—H.S. (Oct 10 2012)
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“The Evening Land”, in ancient Greek myth, symbolizes a dream quest for the perfect garden. Through this same pursuit, Evening Land Vineyards has brought together a range of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from vineyards in three of America’s great growing regions – Eola Hills in Oregon’s Willamette Valley and the true Sonoma Coast and Santa Rita Hills in California – along with some of their traditional reference points in Burgundy. This diversity of soils and micro-climates is reflected in the delicious differences in aroma and flavor that are hallmarks of all fine Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Evening Land Vineyards’ Oregon and Sonoma Coast operations are managed by Isabelle Meunier, a Quebec native who studied viticulture and oenology at Dijon University in Burgundy and earned a postgraduate degree from New Zealand’s Lincoln University. She employs organic and biodynamic practices in the vineyards and traditional Burgundian methods in the cellars and collaborates with renowned Burgundian winemaker Dominique Lafon of Domaine des Comtes Lafon to produce wines that highlight the unique flavors and minerality particular to her sites. In 2006, Evening Land Vineyards purchased Hayes Ranch Vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills appellation and released the first vintage in 2009. The organically farmed, 40-acre vineyard was chosen for its cool climate, long growing season and extreme exposure. Bloom’s Field,Tempest and Memorious are individual block selections. Additional fruit is sourced from the region’s notable climats, namely Sanford & Benedict, Rita’s Crown, Radian, Bent Rock and Sebastiano. Burgundy is where Evening Land Vineyards finds its heart and inspiration. Winemaker Christophe Vial – formerly of Domaine des Comtes Lafon and Domaine de Montille – joined the team in 2007. His relationships with renowned growers allow him to source superior fruit. The fruit is hand-picked and the wines are made using traditional methods. Since April 2012 Evening Land Vineyards has taken over the Chateau de Bligny as its winery and European headquarters. Taking a page from Burgundy, Evening Land’s blue label wines are the equivalent of regional appellations, intended to provide an introduction to their distinguishing characteristics as defined by climate. Silver labels are intended as “village” designate wines. Gold labels are used for signature monopole estate wines that represent the most complete expression of terroir. White labels are given to rare wines produced from very specific plots within a vineyard that produce fruit of such outstanding character that they call for their own cuvees.
The grapes for La Source were harvested from Dijon clone vines that were planted along a deep shelf of ancient volcanic rock. The top soils from this part of the vineyard are relatively shallow, between 2-5 feet and contain a high percentage of iron. After cold soaking in open-top oak and concrete fermentors for 4-5 days, the grapes fermented naturally. The wine aged in French oak barrels (25% new) for 14 months and was bottled unfiltered and unfined.
"The Evening Land" has long been a symbol of the dream quest for the perfect garden. From ancient Greek myth to now, the search for The Evening Land is synonymous with adventure and romance that inevitably leads to the extremes of America's West Coast.
Evening Land Vineyards has brought together a collection of pinot noir and chardonnay vineyards in the three great growing regions of the American West. From the Eola Hills in Oregon's Willamette Valley, to the true Sonoma Coast in the town of Occidental, California and ending on the western lip of Santa Barbara County's Santa Rita Hills, Evening Land organically farms over 120 acres of heritage vineyards that produce 13 Estate wines imbued with this unique spirit of place. An orchestrated mix of old vine own rooted Oregon and California heritage clones, cuttings from the great established pinot noir and chardonnay vineyards of Burgundy and an experimental block of pinot noir grown from seed, the Vineyards of the Evening Land present a vivid view of Burgundy’s legendary grapes raised in the amazing diversity of America’s climate and soil.
The opportunity to acquire great vineyard sites in three diverse climates gave us a rare opportunity to explore the sensitivity of pinot noir and chardonnay as it thrives in the red volcanic dirt of Oregon, the fog wrapped ridges of Sonoma and the windswept mountains of decomposed sea shells of the Santa Rita Hills. Soil and climate diversity make their mark on Evening Land wines, creating those delicious differences that are the hallmark of fine pinot noir and chardonnay.