In the Eola Amity Hills the outstanding 70-acre Seven Springs Vineyard is the main source of grapes for these terrific wines. The vineyard is situated at a high elevation on rocky volcanic soils and is exposed to ocean breezes. It is dry farmed and managed following biodynamic practices and has relatively low yields. Grapes are also purchased from neighboring vineyards.
The wines are crafted by Isabelle Meunier with assistance from consulting winemaker, Dominique Lafon, Burgundy’s renown winemaker.
The 2012 vintage, hailed as an “ epic” vintage in the Willamette Valley was one of the driest years on record . After a wet spring, it offered extended heat and sunshine during the growing season through mid-October. The summer months were warm and the nights were cool producing heathy grapes with excellent acid balance.
TASTING NOTES AND RATINGS
Evening Land 2012 Chardonnay Seven Springs Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills ($40) 91 This Chardonnay offers ripe and juicy orchard fruit with smoky oak on the nose with hints of citrus. It is round on the attack and full in the mouth with good acidity and rich fruit on the palate and on the finish. Evening Land 2012 Chardonnay Seven Springs Vineyard “La Source” Amity-Hills ($65) 91 The Chardonnay Seven Springs Vineyard “La Source” displays pronounced smoke on the nose. On the attack it reveals tropical and orchard fruit and a rich mouth feel with more toasted oak and tangy acidity on the finish. Evening Land 2012 Chardonnay Seven Springs Vineyard “Summum” Eola-Amity Hills ($90) 92 The Chardonnay Seven Springs vineyard “Summum” offers rich ripe fruit and toasted oak aromas. It is quite tropical, showing grilled pineapple. It’s full and rich in the mouth and a bit fleshy. It is very flavorful and mouth filling overall and fruit rich on the finish.
Evening Land 2012 Pinot Noir Eola-Amity ($40) 90 The Pinot Noir offers a straightforward bouquet of spicy red fruit and good upfront purity of red cherry. It has sweet rich fruit set off by good acidity and medium tannins. Well done. Evening Land 2012 Pinot Noir Seven Springs Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills ($50) 92 This Pinot Noir displays savory aromas of red berry fruit, underbrush and herbal notes. It has a silky palate with purity of flavor, excellent acidity and superb balance. Evening Land 2012 Pinot Noir Seven Springs Vineyard “La Source” Eola-Amity Hills ($70) 93 The Pinot Noir Seven Springs “La Source” has an interesting nose of pomegranate and spice. It also has a layered palate revealing complex flavors in a full-bodied, tightly focused wine. It shows great mouth feel showing chalky minerals, superbly complex flavors, and a long finish with great extract but not sweet or overly fruity.
Mike Potashnik and Don Winkler