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

SKU #1069317 96 points Wine & Spirits

 This masterful pinot noir embodies that wonderful varietal paradox of suppleness matched with tensile strength. Its floral scents of violets and roses rise over earth-dusted cherries and a hint of tar. With air the wine gets silkier, livelier, while its flavors are simultaneously light and earthbound—lithe, sinewy and transparent even as it remains forceful and assertive. It fills the mouth without overreaching, hinting at its potential.  (10/2011)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Deep ruby. Ripe, deeply pitched aromas of blackberry, cherry and candied plum, with notes of anise and violet adding complexity. The most powerful of this set of pinots, with chewy texture and hefty dark berry and bitter cherry flavors. Shows a seamless, pliant texture and the ripeness of the year, but there's very good energy too. The finish clings with serious tenacity, repeating the cherry note. This looks like it will age along the lines of an '08. (JR)  (7/2011)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Light and tangy, with hints of blueberry and plum behind the raspberry and slate flavors up front, lingering nicely on the delicate finish. (HS)  (12/2011)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2009 Pinot Noir La Source Seven Springs Vineyard was sourced from a different set of parcels and clones but was otherwise treated identically to its siblings. It has much to recommend it; spicy flavors, impeccable balance, and superb concentration and length for the vintage ... (JM)  (10/2011)

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.

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.