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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
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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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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.

2015 Blanc de Blancs

Aug 22, 2017 at 11:25 AM
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Gamay is not the first grape variety that springs to mind when someone says 'Oregon.' Our region has spent the better part of the last four decades making itself synonymous with Pinot Noir. But our volcanic soils and increasingly warm growing seasons lend themselves beautifully to the supple and quaffable Gamay grape.

The Old Vines

Planted 1986

It is a great privilege to farm some of the oldest Gamay vines; not just in Oregon, but in all of North America. Our old-vine, own- rooted Gamay comprises a miniscule portion of our planted acreage at
Seven Springs, but the resulting wine never fails to surprise and delight. These old vines contribute a deft structure and long finish to our final blend.

The Young Vines

Planted 2003

Across the vegetable garden and just beyond our biodynamic compost
windrows sits 2 acres of Gamay planted in 2003. These 'young vines.' sit on a gentle upslope and face back to the west. These grafted vines contribute that quaff-ability, fruitiness, and freshness so often associated with the Gamay grape.

May 5, 2017 at 10:49 AM
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