2012 Evening Land "La Source - Seven Springs Vineyard" Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir
Seductive, silky and supple, this red layers its gorgeous currant, plum, blueberry and spice flavors on a lithe frame, coming together harmoniously on the long, expressive finish. Drink now through 2022. 1,176 cases made.
Wine & Spirits
In a flight of Oregon pinots, my notes on this wine read, “most mineral of all.” It’s no surprise that it grows in the shallow soils of Seven Springs. With its sour cherry and tanbark scents it is also the most transparent of wines in a generous vintage, laden with fruit but not overladen, and with just the suggestion of stem tannins from the whole-cluster fermentation, a character that opens up the wine’s panoply of scents. The flavors are firmly expressed, focused, a touch restrained and all the more alluring for it. Open and decant for duck.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 Pinot Noir la Source Seven Springs Vineyard comes from rocky and shallow soils planted on old Pommard clone. There were twice daily punch-downs aged in 30% new French oak barrels for 16 months. The bouquet is very refined on the nose with black plum, violet and cold wet stone. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp acidity, a little more masculine at first, tightly wound with a nicely poised finish. It is a little reticent at the moment but it has the tension and that sense of energy to suggest long-term aging.
Aromatic, with an elegant blend of mountain berries, just-ripe cherries and a refreshing minerality, this estate-grown fruit is farmed organically and biodynamically. The balance and detail are impressive.