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Evening Land Vineyards Eola-Amity Hills Chardonnay, Seven Springs Vineyard La Source 2011 is a balanced wine from Oregon's cool Wilammette Valley.
Brilliant pale-gold in color with an edge of silver, the complex aromas fill the glass with citrus fruit, white peaches, and floral notes intertwined with aromas of biscuits. The smooth attack broadens nicely, and fully, on the palate with great texture, complexity, and mineral notes that complement the honeysuckle and citrus flavors. The long finish is sustained by a great mineral balance that makes your mouth water...and demands another glass.
2011 La Source Chardonnay comes from old-vine Dijon clones, planted in 1995 to the iron-rich, volcanic soils that make Seven Springs so successful.
The wine was made in the traditional Burgundian style – long, gentle pressing of whole clusters. The golden juice had a light settling just before it was transferred to barrel for its spontaneous indigenous fermentation; gently stirring the lees during the aging in French oak. The wine was aged in barrel for 11 months in 25% new oak, then further aged in tank – on lees – for another five months.
When word got out that Dominque Lafon had started making Pinot Noir in Oregon, it created quite a buzz. He signed on as the consulting winemaker for Evening Land Vineyards (ELV), a wine label started in 2005 by Mark Tarlov, a former Hollywood guy, along with partners Danny Meyer, Jacques Prieur, and Dorothy Cann Hamilton.
Since its founding, the winery has undergone a number of changes. Founder Mark Tarlov left the company in January 2012. In the summer of 2012, Evening Land sold its 40 acres of Sta. Rita Hills acreage holdings to Sashi Moorman and Rajat Parr. Moorman and Parr introduced their own estate label, Domaine de la Côte in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA in the fall of 2013.
In 2014, Moorman, Parr and Charles Banks of Terroir Selections became minority partners in Evening Land Vineyards and took over operations. Wine maker Ian Burch was named winemaker, and Dominique Lafon, a consultant on the project, continues to play a large role.
94 points, Wine Spectator: "Vibrant, expressive, focused and concentrated, dancing lightly with an array of toast and mineral accented peach, pear, lime and orange blossom flavors."
94 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "White peach and citrus dominate a luscious, creamy yet vibrantly juicy palate whose sense of richness and sheer density go beyond that of the 'regular' Seven Springs bottling, yet without sacrificing clarity, or sheer juicy refreshment. There are more piquant elements incorporated here: peach kernel and lime pip, toasted nuts and stone, all of which add to the wine's prodigious length as well as profundity. There isn't a bit of overt oakiness to Evening Land's Chardonnays. Interestingly, they all spend six months out of barrel on their lees in tank before bottling."
93 points Wine and Spirits "Evening Land's latest vintage of La Source Chardonnay may rank among its prettiest, with delicate scents of orange blossom and bee pollen developing with air. A salty peach flavor run through the wine,that saline minerality lining the texture, supporting it with polish and grip. It will develop further with cellar time."
Regular Farmstead price of $69.99
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