Two of the real “biggies” of Oregon Pinot noir are here. Shea’s Homer Pinot noir is their very best wine bottled as the “home run” of the lineup. Evening Land La Source is the third vintage of Pinot noir from a winery whose iconoclastic owner is reinventing the way you think about Oregon wine.
Shea’s Homer is one of the richest, showiest Oregon Pinots. Here’s Marcus’s notes: Saturated dark fruits, powerful and plush, the 09 Homer is a show-stopper. Opening the bottle is like unrolling a mile-long satin carpet through a field of juicy black plums, currants, berries and violets. Broad and ripe, this will undoubtedly be a candidate for wine of the vintage among the critics and as usual, will be sold out long before the reviews are in.
“Mile-long satin carpet” — I get visions of Dorothy, the tin man, and the scarecrow facing the field of poppies, with a long satin carpet replacing the yellow brick road. The poppies turn into plums berries and violets, they stagger with intoxication, and fall to the ground, muttering “must buy wine – must buy wine.”
The Evening Land La Source comes from the one of a kind Mark Tarkov, who is determined to bring Oregon wine to prominence on the world stage. He’s doing it, too. He was a big part of this month’s Food & Wine Magazine article about Oregon Pinot noir. He’s best buddies with a whole bunch of top sommeliers in Manhattan – and he hired Larry Stone to run his marketing — and Dominique Lafon as consulting winemaker.
It’s a huge feat to make a worthy successor to a 96-point wine. Evening Land has done it with a La Source that is attractive – even seductive, while fresh, structured, and balanced. And if the critics don’t pay attention, phooey! We just got back from trying the wines, there will be more tasting notes etc on the website next week.
Other wines just in – a lineup of new vintages from Evening Land – Evening Land’s “Mad Hatter” Chardonnay, only sold in Oregon, Evening Land’s La Source Chardonnay 09, Evening Land’s Estate Seven Springs Pinot noir 09, Shea Wine Cellars Block 5 Pinot noir 09. That Block 5 is a MONSTER.