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Our understanding of Seven Springs grows day by day, block by block, row by row, and vine by vine. In approaching Seven Springs' oldest vines, we look back at this vineyard's rich history.

How Anden Came to Be

For a brief period, following the divorce of Seven Springs founders Al MacDonald and Joni Weatherspoon, the vineyard was cleaved in two. Joni retained the vineyard's upper half and the name Seven Springs, while Al christened the lower portion 'Anden', an elision of their children's names; Andrew & Kristen.

The lower half of the vineyard is home to Seven Springs' original plantings and thusly its oldest vines. Planted in 1984, here you find Pommard and Wädenswil clones of Pinot Noir planted on their own roots. These vines represent the origins of what would become one of Oregon's benchmark sites.

For the diligent wine sleuth among you, there can still be found bottles of Anden Vineyard Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and even Gamay from the 2002 through 2006 vintages. St. Innocent, Torii Mor, Patricia Green and Amity all produced Anden vineyard-designate bottlings.

Evening Land's Anden Pinot Noir

Our Anden Pinot Noir celebrates the history of Seven Springs', focusing on the oldest corner of the vineyard as it slowly succumbs to the ravages of phylloxera. Here, at mid-slope, the first Pinot Noir vines planted at Seven Springs still produce a delicate and savory wine. We hand-harvest the smallest and most beautiful clusters from the oldest and most disease-stricken vines then ferment them on the stems. We raise the wine in 100% new Ermitage barrels and bottle the wine without filtration. The resulting wine is delicate, fragile, and transfixing: a subdued and timeless interpretation of Pinot Noir that contrasts well with the more forthright and taut La Source bottling.

 

 

TASTING NOTES

Opening with a lightly smoky, match-strike reductive nose that continues into the palate, this wine transforms with air into meaty, savoury notes with hints of graphite that are delicious. At its core are dark berries with fresh-cut bramble and loads of sapidity. The tannins are fine and resolved alongside glittering acidity and plenty of length. This wine continues to evolve and drink well, long into day five after opening, which speaks very well to its ageing potential. While still well balanced with fruit, this is the most savoury of the Evening Land Vineyard Pinots in a way that is very pleasing. Carries the oak seamlessly.
 
I am impressed with this wine.
-Elaine Chukan Brown  
JancisRobinson.com

Mar 13, 2018 at 11:03 AM
Evening Land Vineyards ELV
February 26, 2018

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 Seven Springs.

For the vineyard's first 24 vintages, fruit from Seven Springs was sold to many talented winemakers. We’ve endeavored to research where the Pinot Noir from these original plantings went over the last 30-or-so vintages. Our work is ongoing, but we happily share with you what we’ve learned from our forbearers about these venerable vines from the Seven Springs Vineyard.

Click HERE to read the first part of our deep dive and click HERE to purchase the 2015 Seven Springs Pinot Noir (WS 93)

Feb 26, 2018 at 11:55 AM
Evening Land Vineyards ELV
February 15, 2018

The valley is brimming with talk of Oregon Chardonnay. There is a palpable energy surrounding this variety we cannot recall ever experiencing before. While Chardonnay pales in comparison to Pinot in terms of planted acreage, the recent efforts by many Oregon winemakers are noteworthy.

This weekend we're excited to participate in the Oregon Chardonnay Celebration. Seminars, a Grand Tasting, and many special events will all focus on the bounty of world class Chardonnay from our region. 

We're hosting a special 6-vintage vertical tasting of our La Source Chardonnay, hosted by Rajat Parr on Saturday, February 24th from 6:00-7:00pm. Call our tasting room at 503.538.4110 to reserve your seat.

Feb 15, 2018 at 1:31 PM
Evening Land Vineyards ELV
February 6, 2018

Not a day goes by we don't wish we could teleport each of you to Seven Springs vineyard, fill your glasses, and enjoy a walk together. The only way to know the subtleties of this historic site is to feel the vineyard under foot.

One such nuance that catches the eye of every visitor is the rocky remnants of an ancient lava flow spanning exactly fourteen vine rows down the center of the vineyard. As you walk, the soft feel of iron-rich clay suddenly shifts to an uneven rockiness, and your eyes turn downwards as you choose each step carefully. 

These 14 rock-strewn rows account for Oregon's most highly-acclaimed Chardonnays ever produced:
Evening Land's Summum and La Source Chardonnay.

PURCHASE LA SOURCE CHARDONNAY

Another subtlety of these rocky rows is the way the rounded upper slope gives way to a more concave lower swale. It is here in the swale where La Source Chardonnay finds its balance between the mineral-rich rocks and the more luscious clay soils. 

We think of rocks as imbuing wine with bones and structure while clay adds shape, texture, and weight. The vines from which we harvest La Source grow in soils that capture the mixture of these two elements perfectly. The rocks give the wine nerve and excitement and the clay lends an unctuous and rich texture.

With only 285 cases produced, this is a wine we wish there were more of.

Feb 6, 2018 at 10:14 AM
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January 30, 2018

We warmly welcome you to celebrate Valentine's Day with Evening Land. We are partnering with our neighbors for an unforgettable afternoon in paradise as you tour the vineyards of Evening Land, Cristom, Bethel Heights, and Evesham Wood. The eastern slopes of the Eola-Amity Hills have yielded many of Oregon's most renowned wines and this year's Vines to Valentines Weekend offers a rare chance to taste them all.

Jan 30, 2018 at 8:18 AM
Evening Land Vineyards ELV
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.

PURCHASE 2015 LA SOURCE PINOT NOIR

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.

PURCHASE 2015 SEVEN SPRINGS PINOT NOIR

Dec 11, 2017 at 2:49 PM
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December 11, 2017

Let us handle the gifting for all the wine lovers in your life.
 

It happens every year. Within what seems like seconds, the Holiday season careens from carving pumpkins, to carving Turkeys, through the collective revelry of December, and crashes headlong into the new year with an explosion of Champagne and confetti! The measured pace of Fall forgotten in an avalanche of food and festivity.

If you're caught in the tumult and find yourself with friends, family, bosses, or clients still to buy for, give us a ring at the Dundee tasting room and we can customize a package for your most discerning recipients. Need to take care of corporate clients? Our crew is ready to personally craft a package that conveys your message and stays within your budget.

We wish you and yours a joyful holiday season filled with friends, family, great wine, and good cheer. Thank you for making Evening Land a part of your holiday tradition. 

-Diane, Kelly, Tynan, and Gerich

Call us at (503) 538-4110 and speak with
Kelly, Tynan or Diane. Santa's helpers standby
to ease your gift-giving burden. You can also
email oregonhospitality@elvwines.com
 

Gifts for wine lovers
 

Evening Land gift cards are quick, easy, and evergreen as the Douglas fir that dot the hills of Oregon. Gift cards can be put towards everything from wine, to vineyard tours, to stemware. We offer Evening Land gift cards with hand-written notes in denominations of $25, $50, $110, $250, and $500.

We also carry Zalto hand-blown stemware and Coravin wine preservation systems. Drop by our tasting room to try out both of these amazing products.
 

A walk in the vines


Do you prefer to give experiences? The gift of a Vineyard Tour offers guided exploration of our 
historic Seven Springs Vineyard accompanied by acclaimed Evening Land wines and charcuterie.

$65.00 per person.

Call (503) 538-4110 or email Tynan Pierce

 

Dec 11, 2017 at 1:59 PM
Evening Land Vineyards ELV
November 20, 2017

Back to Evening Land's first vintage from Seven Springs

What an amazing time of year! The leaves are finishing their fiery descent to earth and we're rounding the corner into the joyful heart of the Holiday season. To help you and your loved ones celebrate, and to welcome you to our Dundee tasting room, we raided the cellar and found a little gem from our first vintage at Seven Springs to share with you. Don't tell the whole neighborhood, but any purchased tasting from now through Monday 11/27 will conclude with a little slice of Evening Land history.

The 2007 Seven Springs Pinot Noir opens with Bing cherries, red raspberries, cocoa and subtle truffle notes on the nose. The palate confirms those raspberry tones before moving into expressions of Earl Grey tea, smoked cherries, cocoa powder and dried porcini mushrooms. At ten years, the wine showcases wonderfully developed secondary notes and a long finish.

Whether you're looking to add some age & vintage depth to your Thanksgiving wine pairings, heading out for a day of wine-tasting in paradise, or starting your holiday shopping early, stop in and let us take care of you. In addition to our award-winning wines (available in gift packs!) we offer hard-to-find gifts for wine lovers like hand-blown Zalto stemware and decanters, Coravin wine systems, and Evening Land Gift Cards.

Evening Land Dundee Tasting Room
1326 N. Hwy 99W, Suite 100, Dundee, OR 97115
Open for walk-ins 10am-5pm everyday EXCEPT Thanksgiving Day

Call 503-538-4110 or email oregonhospitality@elvwines.com to arrange for larger groups, a seated VIP experience or a tour of the Seven Springs Estate vineyard.

Nov 20, 2017 at 1:36 PM
Evening Land Vineyards ELV
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
Evening Land Vineyards ELV
August 22, 2017

The 2015 Vintage

These are heady times indeed for lovers of Oregon wine and we feel no area of the Willamette Valley was better poised to make the most of 2015 than the east-facing slopes of the Eola-Amity Hills. 2015 had all the trappings of a noteworthy season: sunshine, drought conditions, a late season heat wave, and a
harvest free from rain. Warm and dry conditions produce wines of opulence and richness. We worked hard to balance these factors with finesse and charm to create age-worthy wines that continue the great tradition of Seven Springs.

The Wines

With undeniable quality for a second straight year, it's a delight to dig into the differences between the vintages. As we've evaluated the '14s over the past year, the term 'textbook' kept cropping up. Whether tasted blind, with food, in a comparative line-up, or for sheer enjoyment, Evening Land's 2014 vintage is 'classic Oregon' in every sense. The weight, tannin, acidity, finish, and aromatic profile all speak of a sun-soaked growing season in these volcanic hillsides.

The 2015 vintage sees all of the traits of classic Oregon Pinot Noir turned up a notch. The color is brighter, the palate is weightier, the fruit purity more pronounced on both the nose and the palate, and the wines in their youth are - dare we say it - a touch showy and opulent.

For the Pinot Noir, this increased ripeness caused us to dial back the use of new oak ever so slightly in 2015. The purity of fruit shows with tremendous clarity as a result of this decision. For our Chardonnays, we brought the elegant influence of the larger Austrian puncheons to both the Summum and La Source cuvées this year. We were astounded by the 2014 Summum and are happy to confirm that the La Source Chardonnay reacted just as beautifully to these new Stockinger puncheons in the '15 vintage.

The Standard Bearer

The four bottlings which comprise our Reserve Case are all standouts again in 2015. Upon release, the Reserve Case is the only configuration that includes our Summum Chardonnay and Anden Pinot Noir bottlings. These incredibly small production cuvées were both down in volume from the 2014 vintage. It fills us with angst to have less of our best wines to offer, but we are thrilled with the quality across our top tier of wines.

 

The Estate Wines

Our Seven Springs wines are tradition-bound, classic examples of Oregon Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Gamay Noir. One whiff of the 2015 Seven Springs Pinot Noir and it's understandable why this is our most popular bottling. The bright fruit notes hover in suspension with the savory expressions of forest floor and mushroom, coalescing at the finish with wonderfully integrated tannins. 

The Seven Springs Chardonnay had the benefit of being raised in once-used puncheons from the 2014 Summum. This new barrel format, combined with the stellar growing season resulted in a generously textured wine with a bright, racy core. Sadly, as with the other Chardonnay cuvées, quantities are lower in 2015. The Gamay Noir gives us our first peek ahead at the 2016 vintage. What a year it was. Our 3 humble acres of Gamay put on quite a show, offering up a decidedly juicier, weightier, and more unctuous expression of the vineyard.

Aug 22, 2017 at 11:25 AM
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