OREGON - USA
“Evening Land produces some of the best Chardonnay in not only Oregon, but all of North America, and their whole lineup showcases the impressive winemaking talents of Rajat Parr and Sashi Moorman.” - International Wine Report
“We are, first and foremost, faithful stewards of the historic Seven Springs vineyard, planted by Oregon wine pioneer Al MacDonald in 1984. On this dramatic east-facing slope, in the iron-rich and rocky, volcanic soils of the Eola-Amity Hills, Al MacDonald undertook what would become one of Oregon’s most recognised vineyards. Nestled against a forest of Douglas fir with views eastward to Mt. Hood and Mt. Jefferson, it is immediately evident to any visitor why Al chose this site.” – Rajat Parr, Sashi Moorman, & Ben DiCristina – Evening Land Vineyards
Seven Springs’ eastern exposure ensures the vineyard awakens to the warmth of the morning sun. The vineyard’s position opposite the windy Van Duzer Corridor, mitigates hot, sunny afternoons in the Willamette Valley with cool winds from the Pacific. As valley temperatures increase throughout the day, warm air rises, replaced by cooling winds flooding in from the Pacific through the Van Duzer gap and across the vineyard. This daily cooling, along with the eastern aspect, affords the grapes the luxury of extended time on the vine.
Since its inception, Seven Springs has been dry-farmed. The vineyard is LIVE certified and was converted to biodynamic viticulture in 2007 and is farmed biodynamically, encouraging a healthy and sustainable ecosystem in the vineyard.
Seven Springs is planted overwhelmingly to Pinot Noir, followed by Chardonnay, and Gamay. The oldest own-rooted blocks of Pinot Noir and Gamay are a testament to, and daily reminder of, Oregon’s incredible history and potential. Benchmark Oregon producers have long sourced fruit from Seven Springs and the wines from this vineyard are the most decorated and award-winning wines in Oregon’s history.
Evening Land ‘Salem Wine Co.’ Chardonnay 2018
92 points, Wine Advocate - "The 2018 Salem Wine Co. Chardonnay has a a nose of elderflower, pear, baker’s yeast and lemongrass with touches of beeswax. The palate is medium-bodied with broad, savory flavors, bright freshness and a long, flavorful finish. This is made from younger vines a few hundred feet away from the older vines in Seven Springs vineyard, planted with a slight south-facing exposition.”
Evening Land 'Seven Springs' Chardonnay 2017
92 points, International Wine Report -"The 2017 ‘Seven Springs’ Chardonnay is a superb new bottling from this great Oregon estate. On the nose this takes on poached pear and shades of starfruit and wild mushroom that all take shape in the glass. Toasty brioche and lemon zest come together with vanilla cream, wet stone and damp earth tones on the palate."
Evening Land 'Summum' Chardonnay 2017
95 points, International Wine Report -"The 2017 ‘Summum’ was sourced from fourteen rows of vines in the ‘Seven Springs Vineyard’ as this name means ‘upmost’ in Latin. Aged in a combination of French oak puncheons and stainless steel, the ‘Summum’ opens with nutmeg infused brioche and roasted hazelnut tones that combine with Pink Lady apple and shades of damp earth and wet stones that take shape in the glass. The palate shows incredible verve and texture with a light dusting of salinity that runs through the wine. The long finish lingers as this scintillating new Chardonnay will have a long life ahead of it."
Evening Land ‘Salem Wine Co.’ Pinot Noir 2018
91 points, Wine Advocate -"The 2018 Salem Wine Co. Pinot Noir has a nose of ripe red and black berry jam with touches of powered sugar and spices. The medium-bodied palate has ripe fruits with a grainy, fresh frame and long finish."
Evening Land 'La Source' Pinot Noir 2015
94 points, International Wine Report -"The 2015 La Source is a mineral driven and energetic Pinot Noir that thoroughly impresses in this warm vintage. The Dijon Clone La Source starts off with beautiful aromatics of black tea, black truffle shavings, peat moss and wild blackberry preserves all soaring from the glass. This has wonderful mid-palate range, as the wine beautifully unveils citrus rind and dark fruit flavours with earthy undertones. Exotic, and full of life, this outstanding wine will cellar marvellously for years to come.."