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Wine Spectator 96 Points

Light, racy and aromatic, with depth, offering mineral notes of crushed wet stone before delivering beautifully restrained apple, pineapple and citrus flavors that play against a lean, sinewy frame. The finish doesn't quit. Drink now through 2020. 217 cases made. - H.S.

Brilliant and pale straw in color, the aromas are still tight and compete for attention with citrus fruit and orange blossoms nose, an impressive crushed wet stone character and hints of flintiness. The attack on the palate is bright and light, yet finely textured with a mandarin orange character, focused and precise, the citrus and stony character lingers on the palate with an elegant finish. - the winery

2009 Vintage

The secret is out: Oregon is making world class Chardonnay - that's WORLD - and the Evening Land Summum Chardonnay is near the top.

Think crushed seashell, flint, lemon, pear, white peach, and a hint of nutty custard. A rich and creamy mid palate meets super-racy acidity. The wine was aged in 30% new barrels, but there's no discernible oak presence. This is serious, long-term aging Chard. Buy it, stash it, learn the secret. - Marcus

Evening Land's top of the line "Summum" Chardonnay is a powerful, polished wine. An enticing, subtly floral scent of citrus and peach explodes from the glass, leading to a surge of fresh lemon, tropical fruit, and mineral flavors. Sensuous creaminess tinged with spice anchors the long, luxurious, intense finish. - Jean

2009 Wine Advocate - 95 points - The 2009 Chardonnay Summum Seven Springs Vineyard received the same elevage as its siblings but was chosen from a tenderloin parcel of the vineyard. It offers up a complex perfume of minerals, smoke, floral notes, white peach, and spiced apple. This sets the stage for a remarkably rich, concentrated, and lengthy Chardonnay, one of the finest I have tasted from Oregon. By the way, all three Chardonnays weigh in at under 13% alcohol and with pH's less than 3.4.

2009 Wine Spectator - 95 points - Elegant, refined and racy, offering a taut mouthful of mineral, slate and chalk notes around a zingy core of lemon and quince flavors that don't quit as the finish soars. Seems almost reticent, but the flavors keep hovering with amazing delicacy. Drink now through 2020. From Oregon. - H.S.

The Oregon Chardonnay that brings international attention to a select group of old vine, world class Chardonnays made in Oregon. A favorite of influential critics, sommeliers, and wine collectors, one of the most well known top tier Oregon Chardonnays.

2008 Vintage Tasting Notes

2008 Wine Spectator - 95 points - Tangy, refined, complex and inviting, this steely wine has a leesy character that weaves through the lime, mineral, green tomato and green apple flavors. Unusual, but with tremendous finesse and depth. Unlike any other Oregon Chardonnay. Best from 2012 through 2018. From Oregon. - H.S.

2008 Wine Advocate - 94 points - Even better, if only by a hair, is the 2008 Chardonnay Summum. It received the same elevage as La Source but was picked from a different parcel of the vineyard so the differences are totally terroir related. It exhibits a bit more aromatic complexity, slightly greater concentration, but otherwise more similarities than differences. At this level, those slight nuances are what you are paying for. Is it worth twice the price? I can't say, but what can be said with certainty is that these are two of the finest Chardonnays ever produced in the Willamette Valley.

Evening Land Vineyards is a group headed by movie magnate Mark Tarlov that also owns Pinot vineyards in the Sonoma Coast and Santa Rita Hills and is making wines in Burgundy. They gained control of one of the Willamette Valley's prized properties, Seven Springs Vineyard, and created an immediate sensation by signing on Dominique Lafon of Comte Lafon in Burgundy as consulting winemaker. The Evening Land group is also making a major effort to restore the health and vitality of Seven Springs. The most recent development is the addition of renowned Master Sommelier Larry Stone as President and GM of the group in August 2010. Over the past 2-3 years there has been an awakening among some of the Willamette Valley's most distinguished vignerons that their region is capable of producing world class Chardonnay. With Dominique Lafon and Larry Stone on board, there is no question that Evening Lands will be playing a starring role in this drama. There are now two serious Gamay producers in the Willamette Valley, Doug Tunnell of Brick House being the other. - Jay Miller

2007 Vintage Tasting Notes

Evening Land Vineyards Summum Chardonnay 07 -

Wine Spectator 94 Points:

"An arresting wine, stopping you in your tracks with its pure, clear, expressive pear, apple, chalk, wet stone and fromage blanc aromas, which follow through on the palate and dance easily on the long finish. Drink now through 2015. 115 cases made." - HS

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 92 Points

The 2007 Chardonnay Summum Seven Springs Vineyard exhibits a similar personality. Minerals, baking spices, hazelnuts, white peach, and melon aromas lead to a smooth wine with superior depth and concentration, all elements in harmony, and a very long finish. This high-class effort is likely to evolve for 2-3 years and drink well for a decade.

The Summum 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. Visiting Domaine Comtes-Lafon must be a religious experience. Neal Martin (Robert Parker's Wine Advocate) says: 'A great wine from Dominique Lafon is something that will be etched upon your vinous memory for many year." I'll be remembering this Seven Springs Chardonnay for a long long time.

Harvey Steiman of Wine Spectator says: "straddling the gulf between steely and creamy. The pear, white nectarine, mineral, clove and nutmeg aromas jump from the glass and then drape silkily over the palate...what California Chardonnay has this kind of depth and distinction at 12.8% alcohol?"

Winery Tasting Notes

Long a source for benchmark Oregon Pinot Noir, the Seven Springs Vineyard is now a 'monopole' vineyard estate. Seven Springs was first planted in 1981. Occupying the "belly" of an easy-facing ridge in the Eola Hills of Oregon's Willamette Valley, the soils of Seven Springs spring from the mineral rich red volcanic rock and are planted to a mix of Oregon Heritage and Dijon clones. Winemaker: Isabelle Meunier with Dominique Lafon, consulting winemaker.

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