Mark Tarlov is back with a vengeance! The master mind behind high flying Oregon winery Evening Land Vineyards has a new project, Chapter 24 Vineyards. Last summer he hired the talented young winemaker Mikey Etzel and his 2012 vintage Oregon wines are now in barrel.
If I might speculate about the future -
- Mark has amazing connections with winemakers in Burgundy. I don’t know if Evening Land will allow Dominique Lafon to consult, but I’d be surprised if he didn’t draw on several famous Burgundian winemakers as consultants.
- Mark has a knack for finding Oregon vineyards – his “score” of Seven Springs Vineyard over the bids of local winemakers was controversial at the time and ultimately took the vineyard to a national status similar to our most famous vineyard, Shea.
- If he doesn’t buy a vineyard, expect him to figure out a way to grab some of the best grapes. And maybe (my idea) some different varietals than Oregon Pinot noir and Chardonnay.
- Mark is so loaded with original ideas – he operates at the speed of a Silicon Valley entrepreneur. It’ll happen fast, and big. And it’ll be different than anyone else.
I’ll keep you posted.
Chatper 24′s winemaker Mikey Etzel is the son of Mike Etzel, Oregon winemaker, grower, and co-owner of Beaux Freres. He makes wine with his brothers, Jared and Nathan under the Coattails/Horsetails labels.
Jared has an exciting new project on Worden Hill Road, across the street from Cameron and down the road from Winderlea, La Pavillon, and Maresh Vineyards. His business partners are related to those of Beaux Freres. Their land is one of the last prime vineyard sites in the heart of the Dundee Hills AVA. The hazelnut trees are gone and planting has begun. The yet unnamed winery will make wine from purchased grapes. Expect an ultra-premium Pinot noir in the $100 price range in five years or so. Can’t wait.
author: Jean Yates