From Evening Land's first vintage (2007) our La Source Pinot Noir has been the best red wine from the historic Seven Springs Vineyard. The sublime 2012 vintage marked an important philosophical shift for our flagship Pinot Noir. La Source was always a selection of the best barrels in the cellar. These best barrels, irrespective of their origin in the vineyard, were blended together to make La Source Pinot Noir.
When Sashi Moorman and Rajat Parr arrived at Evening Land in January of 2014, the 2012 vintage wines awaited their final blend. Rather than hew to tradition and select only the best barrels, they availed themselves of the opportunity to taste through each lot; still separate and corresponding to individual blocks of Seven Springs Vineyard.
Tasting through the vineyard as a whole, the blocks at the very top of the vineyard, planted to Dijon clones and rising to 700 feet in elevation, quickly set themselves apart from the older vines downslope. Here, in rockier soils and windier conditions, these Pinot Noir vines encounter environmental stresses that produce a complex, layered, and age-worthy expression of Pinot Noir.
The decision to approach the La Source bottling anew and isolate it to the vines at the vineyard's summit paid off. The 2012 La Source Pinot Noir received the highest score ever awarded an Oregon Pinot Noir by Wine Spectator (98pts) and it was named the #3 wine in the following year's Top-100 list.