2009 Evening Land Vineyards "La Source" Seven Springs Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Chardonnay
(Highly Recommended and #51 on the Top 100 Wines of 2011) 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.
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.
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.
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.