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Below are excerpts from Raj Parr & Jordan Mackay's forthcoming book, The Atlas of Taste
Evening Land list members can pre-order signed, first editions by clicking below.

'One of the most beautiful wines of the world, Beaujolais couldn’t catch a break. From the humiliation it must have suffered in 1395 when its grape, Gamay, got unceremoniously booted from Burgundy by Philip the Bold, to the summers of 2016 and 2017, when brutal hailstorms destroyed the crop in many of its best vineyards, the hits have kept coming. Add in the fact that its one claim to fame, Beaujolais Nouveau, which brought international fame and tons of cash, was based on an iffy wine that would obscure the existence of the good Beaujolais and ultimately contribute to an economic tailspin lasting decades, and you’ve got a major crash on your hands. Even the heavily hyped vintages of late—2009, 2010, and 2015—all of which prompted forecasts of a “Beaujolais turnaround,” were not magic bullets.

Quick fixes, however, were never what Beaujolais needed. The region’s people and its wines have always been regarded in France as sort of charming, convivial country bumpkins, providing simple bucolic pleasure if never profundity. And while there is a jovial, outgoing spirit here, Beaujolais is also home to many extremely talented, driven vignerons. And it’s in these men and women that lies the region’s reclamation, which is being powered by quality, site-driven wines, not magic bullets or marketing gimmicks.

In the early 1980s a small group of young producers in Morgon, dubbed by importer Kermit Lynch the Gang of Four (Jean-Paul Thévenet, Guy Breton, Jean Foillard, and Marcel Lapierre), fell under the influence of an elderly, brilliant sage named Jules Chauvet. Chauvet and his assistant Jacques Néauport preached traditional winemaking—use old vines in vineyards farmed without chemicals, harvest fully ripe grapes, ferment with natural yeasts, age the wines in barrel, and bottle without fining or filtration. Chauvet also proved that this could be done without adding sulfur dioxide, wine’s universal protector. The Gang of Four adopted these methods and essentially gave birth to the natural wine movement, countering the rise of industrial winemaking and preserving Beaujolais’s soul.

Today, Beaujolais is well on its way out of the pit into which Nouveau cast it. Just as the attention of modern young wine drinkers is finding the previously obscure wines of the Loire and the Jura, Beaujolais too has been recognized for the complex and thought-provoking, yet utterly delightful, wines it can make. In a beneficial feedback loop, the opportunity Beaujolais currently presents—cheap land, high-quality and historical terroirs, newfound cachet—is attracting both young, aspiring vintners and even some famous names from Burgundy (Lafarge and Thibault Liger-Belair, to name a couple) who help raise the profile even higher.'

Jul 12, 2018 at 6:34 AM
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The one Evening Land wine people simply CRAVE TO DRINK is our Gamay Noir. The little green label sidles up effortlessly to a simple summer meal of grilled meats and vegetables or a hearty Thanksgiving turkey. Best served with a slight chill, it offers a pillow-soft texture that hovers over exuberant fruit and a subtly complex and savory finish. This is unquestionably the most thoroughly drinkable wine grown at Seven Springs.

What makes this wine so spellbinding and thoroughly enjoyable? We’d like to think our commitment in the cellar to the classic, old-world methods of whole cluster, carbonic fermentation, with no new oak and no added sulfur are the main reasons we’re able to achieve what we do with Gamay. In the vineyard, the volcanic soils of the Eola-Amity Hills and the slight westerly aspect of our Gamay blocks reliably yield fruit that is compelling and complex without veering into over-ripeness and flabbiness.
 


 

An homage to the old vines - the final chapter

There are only 30 acres of Gamay under vine in all of the Willamette Valley. Here at Seven Springs Vineyard, we’re proud to farm just over 10% of that total (3.3acres). 1.1 of those acres is believed to be the oldest producing Gamay vines in North America. The vines were grafted over from Gewürtztraminer to Gamay in 1986 by Myron Redford of Amity Cellars. The remaining 2.2 acres were planted in 2003, just upslope from our old vines Pinot Noir and La Source Chardonnay blocks.

The 2017 Seven Springs Gamay Noir marks the final chapter for these old soldiers. Own-rooted, succumbing to phylloxera, and weary from the warm 3-vintage stretch of 2014-2015-2016, it was time to pull these vines from the ground. Less than a barrel of wine was harvested from these old vines in 2017. A paltry sum, and one that assures us these vines have given their last.

Tasting Note

 

The 2017 Seven Springs Gamay Noir from Evening Land leads with a rich, ripe nose of red and blue fruits, a hint of spice, and a touch of smokiness from the volcanic soils. On the palate the wine is soft, pillowy, and approachable on the entry. Complexity and spice start to creep in on the mid-palate and the finish brings a bright zip of acidity and an encore of the exuberant fruit from the nose. The 2017 Gamay drinks splendidly on release and we always recommend serving slightly chilled for optimal enjoyment.

Jul 9, 2018 at 6:21 AM
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Lovers of Evening Land know we pride ourselves on growing and producing exceptional, age-worthy Chardonnays from our Seven Springs Estate Vineyard. There's been a collective effort afoot here in the valley to shine a spotlight on Oregon Chardonnay by dedicating more and better vineyard land to the variety, improving vinification techniques learned from Burgundy, and simply by dedicating more time and energy to pouring and discussing Oregon Chardonnay. 

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SHOP LA SOURCE CHARDONNAY

Eric Asimov of the New York Times dedicated last week's tasting panel and column to Oregon Chardonnay. It's a terrific article that touches on many inflection points in Oregon's quest to make world-class Chardonnay. Along with his fellow tasters, and out of a terrific line-up of 20 wines, our 2015 La Source Chardonnay was deemed the top wine of the group! 

Kudos to Ben and his winery team on a great accolade from one of our favorite tasters and writers.

 

Jun 20, 2018 at 7:43 AM
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Unquestionably, the best setting in which to enjoy the wines of Evening Land is in our historic vineyard, Seven Springs. We love bringing guests out to the vineyard to walk the vines, share the rich history of Seven Springs, and connect memorable wines to a memorable visit.

To schedule your vineyard tour phone our Tasting Room 503.538.4110 or email Tynan Pierce at tpierce@elvwines.com.

To read more about what a visit to Seven Springs entails, click HERE

May 29, 2018 at 12:30 PM
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Standing in the middle of Seven Springs Vineyard, the wines of Evening Land and the special nature of the eastern side of the Eola-Amity Hills just makes sense. We've seen it time and time again. Nothing makes the wines 'click' quite like standing in the dirt where its grown.

Welcoming guests to Seven Springs is a duty we're proud to serve. The history of this site and the intricacies of each block and row offer up so much to savor. While we book vineyard tours year round, a few times each year we open the vineyard gates for a weekend 'open house'.

This weekend we welcome you to join us at the vineyard Saturday and Sunday, May 19th & 20th from Noon to 5pm both days. We will showcase our 2015 vintage along with selected library gems, share the history of Seven Springs, and look out across the Willamette Valley at Mt. Hood. 

Call our Tasting Room (503) 538-4110 to reserve your spot and scroll down for directions.

See you there!

The adventurous visitors may want to wander down to our waterfall after the tour concludes. This shaded refuge offers a lovely moment of reflection before getting back to reality!

 

SEVEN SPRINGS VINEYARD
4180 Lone Star Rd. NW
Salem, OR 97304 (map)

If you're coming from Portland and you've never taken the Wheatland Ferry. Do yourself a favor, click on this LINK, spend the $2 bucks, and enjoy!

May 15, 2018 at 10:06 AM
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Shipping fine wine is challenging, but enjoying your wine purchases in the warmer months AND protecting your investment in fine wine just got a whole lot easier and more affordable. 

FedEx Cold Chain transports your wine in a refrigerated environment to a major distribution hub near you, keeping it cool until delivery day.

WORTH THE WAIT

FedEx Cold Chain Service takes a week or two for delivery and packages arrive on either Tuesday or Wednesday. Look forward to FedEx emailing and calling the night before for your friendly delivery reminder. On the day of delivery, your wines are loaded onto a delivery truck and treated as a Priority Overnight package, to be delivered as early in the day as possible, usually by 10:30am, or Noon in remote areas. Please be remember that an adult (21 or older) must be present to sign for the package.

 

Click HERE to enter your Zip Code and confirm your Cold Chain delivery day. Don't hesitate to email Carrie if you have any questions about shipping or upgrading to Cold Chain. 

May 6, 2018 at 6:18 PM
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Spoil your Mother for an afternoon at our Tasting Room in Dundee. Along with our neighbors at Le CadeauAngela Estate, and Tertulia Cellars, we'll pour cool, crisp Rosé and offer flowers, chocolate, and an assortment of thoughtful gifts. 

$10 per person for a rosé tasting at all 4 winery tasting rooms!

Sunday, May 13th - 10am - 6pm

 

Apr 27, 2018 at 7:42 AM
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Visit us at Dobbes Family Estate in Dundee (map) as we team up with 
20 other wineries to herald Spring's arrival!

  

Saturday, April 28th12pm to 4pm  
**VIP Brunch from 10:30am to 12pm**

Click HERE for more information and to purchase tickets.

Apr 23, 2018 at 1:25 PM
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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

PURCHASE LA SOURCE PINOT NOIR

 

Apr 20, 2018 at 7:07 PM
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While debuting our 2015 vintage wines in London, Raj sat down with the folks from the Interpreting Wine Podcast. He spoke about his origins in the world of wine, from Calcutta to Culinary School. The bulk of the Podcast is an interactive tasting where Raj presents our 2015 La Source & Summum Chardonnay, our 2016 Seven Springs Gamay Noir, and our 2014 La Source Pinot Noir. Listen below to a great Podcast and hear about each wine as Raj personally pours for the folks at Interpreting Wine. 

 

 

The tasting and interview took place out our new British import partners portfolio show, Indigo Wine UK.

 

 

Mar 19, 2018 at 6:45 AM
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