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Evening Land Vineyards ELV

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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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
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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
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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
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