Elegant, layered aromas of dark berries, spices andfragrant 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 93 points - From an especially rocky, thin-soiled, basaltic ridge through this vineyard, the Evening Land 2011 Pinot Noir Seven Springs Vineyard La Source – of which there are 1,488 cases – offers a more texturally tender, buoyant, and ultimately elegant performance than its “regular” Seven Springs counterpart. Fresh cassis and elderberry are garlanded with bittersweetly perfumed gentian, lavender and iris, the fruit and flowers being beautifully set off on a silken palate against the sort of wet stone and forest floor backdrop already familiar from that “little sibling” bottling. The energy here comes out as luminosity and exhilarating vibrancy, and as this beauty matures it should acquire additional richness and complexity without that energy dimming. I suspect it will merit re-visiting through at least 2025. (Oct 2013)
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“The Evening Land is an ancient Grecian myth that symbolizes the dream quest for a perfect garden. The philosophy behind exploration and the pursuit of perfection is the foundation of Evening Land Vineyards the winery has accumulated some of the finest Chardonnay and Pinot Noir sites from around the world to produce inimitable expressions of place. In the Americas, Evening Land Vineyards produces estate wines using fruit from iconic properties: Seven Springs Vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills of Oregon; Occidental Vineyard in California’s Sonoma Coast; and from the far western edges of Santa Barbara County, California, Sta. Rita Hills. Each was strategically planted with a mix of old vine rooted Oregon and California heritage clones, cuttings from esteemed Burgundy vineyards and in Sta. Rita Hills, an experimental block of Pinot Noir that is being grown from seed. The vineyards are farmed organically and together, compose 120 acres. Isabelle Meunier heads up all of Evening Land Vineyards’ American operations. A Quebec native, Isabelle studied viticulture and oenology at Dijon University in Burgundy and earned a postgraduate degree from New Zealand’s Lincoln University. The 65 acre Seven Springs Vineyard is dry-framed using biodynamic practices. The cool ocean breezes, in combination with elevation and soils of volcanic marine sediment, produce fruit that marries elegance with classic acidity. The Occidental Vineyard is a 3.5 acre parcel that is situated near the far reaches of the Sonoma Coast, high above the Petaluma gap near the fog line. The combination of organic farming together with the cool, but sunny climate produces ripe fruit with racy acidity. The hand-picked grapes are vinified using traditional Burgundian methods and techniques: gentle crushing, natural settling, natural fermentation and extended aging sur lie in French oak barrels. Since 2007, Isabelle has collaborated with renowned Burgundian winemaker Dominique Lafon of Domaine des Comtes Lafon to produce wines that highlight the unique flavors and minerality particular to these sites. In 2006, Evening Land Vineyards purchased Hayes Ranch Vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills appellation of California. The organically farmed, 40-acre block 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 vineyards, namely Sanford & Benedict, Rita’s Crown, Radian, Bent Rock and Sebastiano. The fruit is pressed using a closed pneumatic press, very little pressed wine goes into barrel and primary and secondary fermentations are indigenous. Neutral French oak barrels are used for fermentation and aging and no wine sees more than 25% new oak. The wines age for 12-14 months, are racked once in the winter before bottling and are neither fined nor filtered. In 2009, the Sta. Rita Hills arm of Evening Land Vineyards released its first vintage In Europe, 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 long-term relationships with highly renowned growers in Burgundy allow him to source superior, distinctive fruit for the domaine. The fruit is handpicked and the wines are made using traditional methods malolactic is allowed and aging occurs in French oak. As of April 2012, Christophe is also managing renovations and operations at Chateau de Bligny, Evening Land Vineyards’s new winery and European headquarters. The wines of Evening Land Vineyards offer an unprecedented perspective on the range of expressions possible with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and the portfolio is organized to encourage exploration and experimentation. Taking a page from Burgundy, the blue label wines are intended to provide an introduction to the specificities of a particular region. The white labels are “village designate wines. Square gold and white labels are reserved for the winery’s top cuvees; each is considered a compelling expression of vintage and place.
The grapes for La Source were harvested from biodynamically farmed 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 and were punched down twice per day during fermentation. The wine aged for 16 months in French oak barrels (30% new) 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.