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Great Wine is Made in the Vineyard

This is a maxim one hears so often in the world of fine wine. But what does it mean to you, the wine drinker, with a glass of Evening Land Pinot Noir in-hand? Our historic Seven Springs Estate Vineyard is cared for and farmed by an exceptionally talented farmer named Jessica Cortell. Jessica, along with a host of other talented farmers is featured in this month's Oregon Wine Press profiling a remarkable group of women turning a male-dominated industry on its heels.  


photo by Kathryn Elsesser

We asked Evening Land winemaker Ben DiCristina 'How does Jessica's work in Seven Springs show up in a glass of Evening Land wine?'

"She is most concerned with the health of the vines and works diligently to make sure each vine achieves optimum health. She does this so that the shoots and flowers are strong and the fruit sets well. Throughout the growing season, she works hard to keep disease at bay and has really dialed this in over the past few vintages, despite many of our neighbors suffering great losses year after year. Towards harvest, she wants the canopy (the shoots and leaves on the vine) to remain strong so that ripening is not delayed. Jessica leaves no stone unturned to maintain the health of the vine"

Jessica likes to say "Don't just grow a vine, grow wine". This simple, seven-word sentiment holds within it a great truth that many lifelong grape growers never realize. We partner with Jessica and trust her to nurture and farm Seven Springs because she understands and enjoys the challenge of growing great wine, not just a vine. So next time you open a bottle of Evening Land, take a moment to appreciate the passionate and thoughtful vine-by-vine approach Jessica brings to every glass of our wine. 

Click HERE to read the great feature in Oregon Wine Press and HERE to visit Jessica's website. 

 

Jun 4, 2019 at 6:04 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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December 11, 2017

The first scores are in for our 2015 vintage

Longtime Wine Spectator writer/reviewer Tim Fish takes over the Oregon beat with our 2015 vintage. We're thrilled with the marks he gave the wines, but especially enjoyed his thoughtful tasting notes which speak not just to the wines' flavors, but to their texture and effect. Our two most popular wines, the La Source and Seven Springs Pinot Noir bottlings, rated quite well at 94 and 93 points respectively. 

The '15 vintage is an early-drinking one and the wines are open and enjoyable at this very moment. 

2015 La Source Pinot Noir - 94 pts

Polished and well-structured, with expressive rose petal and sassafras aromas and dynamic blackberry, licorice and spice flavors that billow toward plush tannins. Drink now through 2024.

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2015 Seven Springs Pinot Noir - 93 pts

Subtly powerful and rich, with expressive black cherry and spicy cinnamon aromas and layered plum and licorice flavors that build toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2024.

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Dec 11, 2017 at 2:49 PM
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October 30, 2017

Seven Springs Role in Oregon's Chardonnay Ascendance

Our dear friend Lily Elaine penned a thoughtful piece in this month's Wine & Spirits Magazine on the ascendance of Oregon Chardonnay. What has long been known here in the Eola-Amity Hills and to lovers of Oregon wine, is just creeping into the zeitgeist of the broader wine world. 

Seven Springs Vineyard and Evening Land play a critical role in the re-thinking of top-tier Chardonnay from Oregon, especially the earliest vintages of La Source and Summum Chardonnay, which are available to taste (and purchase) in our Dundee Tasting Room. 

Click HERE to read the article. 

Oct 30, 2017 at 2:36 PM
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