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Evening Land Chardonnay Seven Springs La Source 2011


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Evening Land


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Exquisite. In my opinion, the best La Source Chardonnay yet. We had this with seared scallops, roasted onions, and lemon cream and it was perfect. - Marcus

94 points Wine Spectator: "Vibrant, expressive, focused and concentrated, dancing lightly with an array of toast and mineral-accented peach, pear, lime and orange blossom flavors, lingering enticingly against refined acidity. Best from 2015 through 2019." 438 cases made. - Wine Spectator

The 2010 is the follow-up vintage to the highest scoring Oregon Chardonnay of all time. Wine Spectator rated the 2009 La Source Chard 97 points. The 2010 follows a very similar flavor and style, wonderfully blending orchard and citrus fruit, mineral, subtle oak, and a clear beam of acidity. Extremely limited. - Marcus

La Source is a golden straw colored Chardonnay with aromas that include citrus and lemon verbena mingled with flint and mineral notes. Flavors include apricot and ripe cantaloupe and the texture is creamy. The texture is complex and the finish lingers on the palate.

2009 Vintage Wine Spectator 97 points: 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. 487 cases made. - H.S.

The La Source Chardonnay 2009 is focused, bright, and stylistically in a world of its own in American Chardonnay. White flowers, green apple, and flinty minerality coax you in - white peach and tangy lemon build intensity. Like all of the Evening Land Chardonnays, this is made for aging. - Avalon Wine

2008 Vintage

La Source Chardonnay 08 comes from the 1984-planted block of Seven Springs Chardonnay. Fat yet racy, finding the perfect balance of mineral and fruit, La Source is more open for drinking than the Summum 08, but I'd still anticipate that it will age 4-6 years. - Marcus

2008 Vintage Wine Advocate: The 2008 Chardonnay La Source was fermented with native yeasts and barrel-fermented in 30% new oak with full malolactic fermentation. It reveals considerably more minerality accompanying flavors of spiced apple, poached pear, brioche, and hazelnuts. Super-concentrated with outstanding depth and precision, on the palate butterscotch and tropical notes make cameo appearances. This lengthy effort is likely to evolve in the manner of the finest white Burgundies. - Jay Miller

When making Chardonnay, Evening Land subscribes to the notion "the hardest thing to do is nothing." No tinkering, no excessive stirring, just leaving the juice alone for 18 months until it's ready. Not to over-simplify things, but that seems to be the distinguishing factor of truly great Oregon Chardonnays.

Wine Spectator 96 points

Wine Spectator's Harvey Steiman says: "If anything the (2008) Chardonnays are a step up from 2007, which seemed to expand on the previous vintage with more depth and, at the same, more transparency."

Steiman also said "In a way, it's not surprising that Chardonnay did so well. Lafon is famous for his white Burgundies, and his touch is palpable in the Oregon wines. In particular, I was taken with how transparently they expressed the stony terroir."

More from Steiman: "The first vintage, 2007, produced a stunning pair of Chardonnays, which I rated 94 and 93 points. Their balance, power and distinct minerality mark them as turning points for Oregon, great wines and influential over other producers of Chardonnay."

2007 Vintage

Evening Land Vineyards La Source Chardonnay 07 shows qualities in Oregon Chardonnay never encountered before. Wine may be made in the vineyard, but clearly, the winemaker adds that magical something special. And Dominique Lafon takes Seven Springs Vineyard's old vine fruit to a level comparable to his famed white Burgundies of Mersault, where he surely reigns as king.

Wine Advocate 91 points

91 points - Wine Advocate says: "The Cotes de Beaune-like 2007 Chardonnay La Source Seven Springs Vineyard is medium straw-colored with a superb bouquet of mineral, hazelnut, and assorted white fruits. Medium-bodied, creamy-textured, concentrated, and impeccably balanced, this stylish effort should drink well for another 5 years if not longer."

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