2014 Evening Land "Seven Springs Vineyard" Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir (Elsewhere $45)

SKU #1323513 92 points Wine & Spirits

 This wine took several days to pull away from the dominating grip of whole-cluster spice, which gave it an edge of green olive. When it did, it revealed gently persistent fruit, dark cherries with a whiff of balsamic, fine tannins holding the wine’s clean, remarkably delicate flavors. It needs time in the cellar to knit; then serve with a rosemary-roasted game bird.  (4/2017)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Fresh and lively, with a polished texture around a sleek core of raspberry and floral flavors, dancing deftly on the finish. (HS)  (12/2016)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Pinot Noir Estate Seven Springs Vineyard, matured in around 15% new barrels (Hermitage cooperage), has a very attractive bouquet with blackberry, briary and a touch of undergrowth, perhaps from the judicious 10% whole cluster fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with fine definition, crisp and tensile tannin, quite linear in style and it feels tight on the bitter cherry and blackberry finish, but there is plenty of fruit here and it will expand when it is bottled. Drink now-2029. (NM)  (6/2016)

Jancis Robinson

 Aged in 30% new Ermitage barrels for 16 months. Aromatics of mixed ripe berries still full of bramble and a savoury core carry into the palate. The mid palate is mouth-filling and bright with a long mouth-watering finish. With air the berry flavours develop a bit of creaminess verging into kirsch notes and the wine overall becomes more savoury. I will be curious to taste this wine again in a few years as it is approachable and pleasant now but is a good candidate for developing with a couple of years in bottle. 17+/20 Points (ECB)  (10/2016)

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Staff Image By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/25/2017 | Send Email
Evening Lands Winery is a partnership between famed wine maker Sashi Moorman and famed sommelier Rajat Parr. The Seven Springs Vineyard is dry-farmed, is Live certified and was converted to biodynamic viticulture in 2007. The 2014 Seven Springs Pinot Noir comes from vines planted in 1984. These 31-year-old vines are harvested by hand, the grapes hand sorted, and roughly 65% of the fruit was destemmed. There is a wonderful purity to this wine. I would not call it light, but delicate, as Pinot should be. Flavors of strawberry, minerals, tobacco, spice fill the glass. This is a delicious food wine that can and should be enjoyed now.

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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.
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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.
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Oregon

- 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.