2009 Evening Land Vineyards "La Source" Seven Springs Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Chardonnay

SKU #1069318 97 points Wine Spectator

 Vibrant and poised, balancing its intense flavor profile of pear, quince and lemon blossom with layers of minerality on an electric structure that sparks with beautifully modulated acidity. A stunning white that has tremendous depth and presence. Drink now through 2020. *Highly Recommended and #51 on the Top 100 Wines of 2011*  (12/2011)

96 points Wine & Spirits

 This is one of those rare American chardonnays that transcends the usual paradigm of “fruit first, ask questions later.” There's a pineapple scent in its complex bouquet, but it's in the service of greater elements—mineral, oyster shell, talc and the fine tang of lees. On the palate it has the acidity of a wine from the Mâcon; in its silky line and subtle richness it gives a nod to great Pouilly-Fuissé. The acidity keeps it firm and detailed, while shaping the minerality in the texture, hardly upstaging it. Drinking beautifully now, it has the stuff to age and delight for ten years or more.  (10/2011)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2009 La Source Seven Springs Vineyard Chardonnay received the same elevage as the Mad Hatter. The only difference between the cuvees is the parcel of the vineyard. It displays a similar aromatic profile but on the palate it reveals greater concentration, depth, and complexity. Nicely proportioned with vibrant acidity, a creamy texture, and exceptional length, it will benefit from another 1-2 years of cellaring and will deliver prime drinking from 2012 to 2019. (JSM)  (10/2011)

K&L Notes

With subtle nutty accents on the finish, the wine will entice white Burgundy fans and win over those looking for less overtly buttery/oaky domestic Chards with its charm and grace.

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- Highly touted for its Pinot Noirs, Oregon is part of the up-and-coming winemaking industry in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Most of Oregon is directly affected by the climate coming off of the Pacific Ocean, giving it mild winters and wet summers. This makes it a difficult place to ripen grapes, but some say that the harder grapes have to struggle, the more complex they will turn out to be. Chardonnay and Pinot Gris are two important and successful grapes grown in Oregon.