Evening Land Seven Springs Vineyard La Source Pinot Noir 2011

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Clear ruby-red with tones of purple, the elegant nose dances between fruit aromas of wild berries and fragrant floral layers of lavender, exotic spice with herbaceous undertones of rosemary and tarragon. The complex aromas complement one another and take a few moments to identify. The palate has a fine texture of soft tannins with a purity of flavors and a vibrant core - seamless and elegant with bright cherry and a crushed rock character. The wine has wonderful balance and suppleness that sustain the minerality on the long finish.
Category Red Wine
Country United States
Region Oregon
Appellation Willamette Valley
Brand Evening Land
Alcohol/vol 12.9%
  • wa93

Wine AdvocateFrom 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.

David Schildknecht, October 2013
  • we90

Wine EnthusiastEstate-grown and farmed organically and biodynamically, this wine spent 16 months in 30% new French oak barrels. Tart cranberry and raspberry flavors lead into bold tannins, with finishing with notes of earth and green tea.

Paul Gregutt, February 1, 2014
  • ws88

Wine SpectatorLight and tangy, with a meaty edge to the raspberry and herbal flavors, tightening up on the narrow finish. Has length, but the flavor profile seems off. Drink now through 2017. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 1,481 cases made.

Harvey Steiman, 2014