Oregon Wine – Dominique Lafon’s Oregon Wines

Evening - north of Carlton, Oregon

Evening - north of Carlton, Oregon

Oregon wine has a new winery with an immediate national following. Evening Land Vineyards owns Oregon’s Seven Springs Vineyard, and they’ve just released their 2008 Seven Springs Pinot noir. It’s the followup to their 2007 – it was on the Wine Spectator TOP 100 WINES list in 2009.

Dominique Lafon is possibly Burgundy’s top winemaker of white Burgundy (Chardonnay) and his Chardonnays are extraordinary. He is consulting winemaker to Evening Land Vineyards – working with winemaker Isabelle Meunier to make the Seven Springs wines.

Evening Land is owned by Mark Tarlov, and he likes to make a lot of different wines. Here’s the playbook:

Evening Land Vineyards Willamette Valley Pinot noir 08 $24.95/$22.45
any 12 bottles or more. made from several vineyards in the valley, with a generous amount of Seven Springs fruit. It’s been available for about 3 months and is pretty well sold out (we have a few cases). It has a blue label, and they call it their Blue Label line of value wines. There’s more Blue Label wines to come.

Follow up to their Wine Spectator Top 100 Wine

Evening Land Vineyards Pinot noir Eola Amity Seven Springs 08 $38.95/$35.05
any 12 bottles or more, and the name makes me crazy. I’d prefer “Evening Land Vineyards Seven Springs Pinot noir 08″, which is what it is, but Wine Spectator called it the longer name when they put the previous vintage in the Top 100 last year, so we’re stuck with this one, at least for awhile.

Here’s our review:
Sophisticated and focused. Alluring aromas of black cherries and wild blackberries, fresh turned earth, and flowers open to silky berry, cherry, and dark currant flavors. This seamless, complex and gushing Pinot keeps showing more layers – spice, forest, bramble, perfume – in a prolonged, intricate finish. Crafted by master winemakers, with the structure to age magnificently. Our bottle was still fresh on day three. Try one now, then hold for a couple years and try again. We HIGHLY recommend this for your cellar. – Jean & Marcus

Evening Land La Source Chardonnay 08 $59.95/$53.95 any 12 bottles or more. The La Source wines are one level up from the Eola Amity Seven Springs Vineyard (Estate) level of Evening Land wines. Both the Chardonnay and Pinot noir are about $60.

The La Source Chardonnay (remember, Lafon is worshiped in Burgundy for his Chardonnay) is almost indescribable.

Here’s our review:
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. 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.

More about the current lineup of Evening Land Wines HERE.

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