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What other wine region gets up off the couch and brings a contingent all the way across the continent for your enjoyment? We're hitting the road along with many of our Willamette Valley neighbors in celebration of Oregon Wine Month. 



BOSTON - May 2nd

Pinot in the City comes to Boston for the very first time! Evening Land is part of a cohort of 50 wineries descending on the commonwealth to pour our wines for consumers. Join us at The Castle at Park Plaza on Thursday, May 2nd for an evening of terrific Oregon wine. 

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - May 7th

Nothing elicits bipartisan joy better than a room full of terrific Oregon wine. We are excited to partner with Zachys in Washington D.C. to host an intimate evening with some tremendous wines. We'll be joined by our neighbors at Bethel Heights, Cristom, St. Innocent, Argyle, Brooks, and Elk Cove!

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Apr 15, 2019 at 5:44 AM
Evening Land Vineyards ELV
February 13, 2019

HISTORY IN YOUR GLASS

It is impossible to set foot in Seven Springs Vineyard and not feel a deep connection to Oregon’s rich history. Vines planted at the outset of the 1980s stand as proud reminders of the vineyard’s role in making the Eola-Amity Hills a world-class winegrowing region. We know each time we harvest these vines, we are just a small chapter in the story of this great vineyard.

For its first 24 vintages, grapes from Seven Springs were sold to many important Oregon wineries. 

INAUGURAL VINTAGES

Pinot Noir from the old vines at Seven Springs played an important role in the inaugural vintages of 2 seminal Oregon producers. Before Evesham Wood founder Russ Raney planted his now famous Le Puits Sec estate vineyard in 1989, he bottled his first vintage of Pinot Noir with fruit purchased from Seven Springs in 1986. Evesham Wood would go on to bottle Seven Springs vineyard designate Pinot Noir for much of the 1990s and early 2000s.

The 1992 vintage marked the beginning of what would become one of Oregon’s most recognizable wineries. Cristom bottled both a Willamette Valley Pinot Noir and Reserve Pinot Noir in the 1992 vintage with fruit from the old vines at Seven Springs. Winemaker Steve Doerner’s thoughtful notes from Cristom’s earliest vintages can still be accessed online. They offer a fascinating time capsule of many classic Oregon vintages.

VINEYARD DESIGNATION

To the best of our knowledge, 1990 marked the first vintage the name ‘Seven Springs Vineyard’ was designated on a wine label. Both Adelsheim and St. Innocent bottled Seven Springs Vineyard-designate Pinot Noir in the 1990 vintage. 

These two bottlings began an uninterrupted stretch of vintages that continues today, prominently placing the name Seven Springs on the front label of every bottle of wine.

THE WINE TODAY

These same old vines now form Evening Land’s Seven Springs Pinot Noir. Our 2016 vintage is a sublime and brilliant Pinot Noir. The signature smokiness of our volcanic soils hovers over a fine balance of bright red fruits and subtle savory aromas. The old vines imbue the wine with complexity and subtlety impossible to achieve from younger vines.

It is a privilege to farm and make wine from these old vines. Our responsibility as stewards of this site feels greater with each passing vintage and with each new chapter of the vineyard we discover. We thank you for making a place for our wines in your cellar and we invite you to visit us on your next trip to Oregon’s Eola-Amity Hills.

Feb 13, 2019 at 11:50 AM
Evening Land Vineyards ELV
January 28, 2019

Evening Land's very first sparkling wine has arrived! Today (1/29/19) we release our 2015 Seven Springs Blanc de Blancs to our mailing list. The wine will be poured in our tasting room beginning in March. Read on to learn the backstory behind the incredible process that goes into making classic, méthode champenois sparkling wine. 

The Wine


THE BASE WINE

All sparkling wine begins with a 'base wine' or a 'still wine', The 2015 Seven Springs Blanc de Blancs is composed of 100% Chardonnay from block 9 of our estate vineyard, Seven Springs. 
 
We harvest fruit for sparkling wine much earlier than we would for still wines. We harvested this Chardonnay at 17 brix, which is about 2 weeks before we would have picked it for regular, still wine. As a point of reference, the brix level for grapes destined to be bottled as still Chardonnay are harvested in the range of 22-23 brix. Another way to consider the difference in the maturity of these grapes is to understand that we harvest the Chardonnay for sparkling wine 10-14 days before we harvest Chardonnay for still wine.

The grapes are gently pressed into neutral barrels where the Chardonnay juice undergoes a natural and spontaneous fermentation. The wine remained in barrel for 7 months before we sent it to our good friend Michael Cruse in Petaluma, California for the laborious process of TIRAGE and DISGORGEMENT.


TIRAGE

Step 1: Bottle the base wine and seal with a crown cap (like the metal tops on soda bottles). This bottling is done immediately upon receipt of the base wine without any settling or clarifying. We want those lees (yeast cells) to live in each bottle, undergoing a slow, enzymatic self-destruction that builds long and luscious flavor protein chains...the building block of the wine's texture.

Step 2: Prepare the bottles for disgorgement and corking. Riddling is the time-intensive process here. It involves slowly twisting the and angling the bottles downwards towards the neck so the solids fall to opening of the bottle. Below, Michael is in the midst of riddling racks checking to see where the sediment sits in the bottle.



Step 3: Disgorgement and corking under the traditional mushroom cork and cage we're all familiar with. The necks of each bottle are frozen and the crown cap is popped off, jettisoning the tiny frozen bits of lees and solids that have been dutifully riddled to the top of the bottle. This would normally be the moment where dosage is added, but this wine is 'non-dosage' meaning totally dry. 


ENJOYMENT

Now the wine is ready to enjoyed or cellared. Sparkling wines crafted in this traditional method are at their most effervescent immediately after bottling. With time the bubbles slowly decrease in size and intensity. If you are a regular drinker of Grower Champagnes you know that through careful sleuthing you can glean the vintage or vintages of the base wine and subtract it from the disgorgement date to deduce the time the wine spent on the lees. You can also subtract the disgorgement date from the date you pop the cork to determine how fine or effusive the bubbles may be. If you're on the hunt for a rich, nutty, and biscuity bottle of bubbly, look for a late disgorgement date. If you're desperately in need of something bright, bracing, and zippy, seek out a bottle who's vintage and disgorgement are both very recent. 

  


THE LABEL

Our label is a microscopic photograph of silica tetrahedrons. This is the parent rock of our weathering, volcanic clay soils here in the Eola-Amity Hills. These volcanic soils imbue all our Chardonnay, both sparkling and still, with energy and an exciting thread of minerality that makes the wines come alive in your glass. 

Jan 28, 2019 at 12:11 PM
Evening Land Vineyards ELV
January 16, 2019

IF YOU'RE ALREADY PLANNING YOUR VALENTINE'S DAY

 

...you're doing it right! We're big fans of dining in on Valentine's Day. Avoid the restaurant rat-race and prepare a simple, delicious meal paired with Evening Land wines. We've really been enjoying Alison Roman's new cookbook, DINING IN. Two great recipes to pair with our Seven Springs Chardonnay and La Source Pinot Noir are below! 

HOMEMADE GRISSINI

This easy, homemade grissini, dressed with good butter and wrapped with prosciutto makes for the perfect toasty and salty foil to our bright and bracing Seven Springs Chardonnay

CHICKEN & DUMPLINGS WITH MUSHROOMS


We do love our mushrooms here in Oregon. The only thing earthier and more soulful than mushrooms is Oregon Pinot Noir. This main course is comforting and pairs perfectly with our La Source Pinot Noir.
 

Jan 16, 2019 at 10:21 AM
Evening Land Vineyards ELV
January 11, 2019

We're fortunate to have several talented photographers (both amateurs and pros) visit Seven Springs Vineyard in 2018. Below are 4 of our favorite shots of Seven Springs along with the photographers Instagram handles. Enjoy!

@francis_pdx

@decanterberrytales

@veritascommon

@pecheney

 

 

 

Jan 11, 2019 at 7:19 AM
Evening Land Vineyards ELV
November 7, 2018

We invite you to join us for 'Head for the Hills' this Thanksgiving weekend. Twice a year, we open the gates to our Seven Springs Estate Vineyard and welcome lovers of Eola-Amity Hills wines to visit our vineyard and the vineyards and wineries of our neighbors. We're hosting Head for the Hills with 4 terrific wineries that are all close by. Feel free to start your day with us, end your day at Seven Springs, or catch us coming to and from Lingua Franca across the road. 

The event is 'rain or shine' and well, it's Oregon...so, ya know. We'll have a cozy tent as well as the tractor barn for shelter and warmth. 

NO RESERVATIONS NECESSARY - COME AT YOUR LEISURE

The Particulars
DATE:    Saturday, November 24th & Sunday, November 25th
TIME:    11:00 am to 4:00 pm
PLACE: 4180 Lone Star Rd. Salem, OR 97304 (map)
 

WINES: 2014 La Source Pinot Noir
              2016 Anden Pinot Noir
              2016 La Source Chardonnay
              2016 Summum Chardonnay
              *top-secret bonus pour(s)

BITES:  Oregon cheese & charcuterie plates
COST:   $20 tasting fee per winery - Our fee is waived with 3+ bottle purchase.

Our Eola-Amity Hills Friends
Bethel Heights
Cristom
Lingua Franca
Walter Scott

 

Nov 7, 2018 at 5:31 PM
Evening Land Vineyards ELV
October 26, 2018

The holiday season means large gatherings with large bottles of everyone's favorite wine! An incredible vintage like 2016 offers the perfect time to invest in magnums. 

Here are our TOP-5 reasons to go BIG with magnum bottles.

1. MAGNUMS SHOW YOU CARE!
Show up to a party with a big bottle and we guarantee you
it will be opened, enjoyed, and appreciated that night. 

2. MAGNUMS AGE LONGER.
There hasn't been a better vintage to lay down for the long haul since 2012.
2016 magnums are a wise cellar investment.

3. REMEMBER SPECIAL OCCASIONS.
Did you get married in 2016? Did you become a parent or grandparent?
Mark that magnificent memory with a 2016 magnum. 

4. MAGNUMS ARE EFFICIENT.
Pull one cork & serve 2x the wine? Yes Please!

5. THEY MAKE THE PERFECT DONATION!
It is the season of giving after all. Don't know what to donate to your favorite
charity's annual auction? Offer an Evening Land magnum! 

Oct 26, 2018 at 1:28 PM
Evening Land Vineyards ELV
October 23, 2018

Whatever did we do before this wonderful invention came along? We love using the Coravin Wine System in our tasting room and winery because it preserves the freshness and liveliness in our wines and allows us to share each bottle with as many guests as possible. 

Coravin - I want one ! from Coravin on Vimeo.

 

In the tasting room, we use the Model Two Elite Pro, featured in the video above. It's easy to use, sleek, and quite the conversation piece. Our Evening Land Tasting Room is proud to be one of the very few retailers in the entire country to offer Coravin's new Model Eleven. If you live in an internet connected home with nest thermostats, ring doorbells, Amazon alexas and the like, then this is the Coravin for you. 

Coravin Unboxing Model Eleven from Coravin on Vimeo.

 

We use Coravin's everyday. We know a lot about them and we're happy to answer any questions you may have both before you purchase and after you begin using your new Coravin.

Call us anytime and if we miss you, we'll ring you back 503.538.4110

All our best,
-AJ & Tynan

Oct 23, 2018 at 8:49 AM
Evening Land Vineyards ELV
September 25, 2018

 

Sep 25, 2018 at 10:52 AM
Evening Land Vineyards ELV
September 6, 2018

Today marks the start of our 2018 vintage. Before sunrise, our vineyard manager Jessica Cortell and her team harvested the first crop from a young vines Chardonnay block at Seven Springs. Our tasting room team is headed to the winery to see winemaker Ben DiCristina load the press with the first juice of the vintage. It's an exciting time in the valley and it will only get busier! 

Sep 6, 2018 at 7:48 AM
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