Evening Land Vineyards

La Source Seven Springs Vineyard Pinot Noir

8.989 ratings
8.912 pro ratings
Eola - Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA
Pinot Noir
Top Notes For
jason carey DipWSET

Well I bought a case of this from a well known vendor as a mystery wine. So I hope that this wine changes because, it was not described at all the way it actually tastes. (((here is the description for the wine, which is why i bought it:" It is not an ooze-monster trying to obtain points - quite the opposite. It pushes to the head of the domestic Pinot Noir class because of its organic/hands-off principles and the origin of its fruit. In its attempt to showcase terroir and varietal symmetry over massive new oak and carnival extraction, it races past the field like Jeff Gordon. ")))) This is my note for this wine: Instead of understanding the 2011 vintage in Oregon, the winemakers here used some new oak, 30% according to the website, which in a riper year might have been fine, which totally overwhelems the fruit. The Oak, along with pretty drastic over extraction shrouds in spoof what could have been a pure and gorgeous lighter style wine that fits the vintage. Instead..they tried to make a prestige wine in a style that didn't match the vintage. Heavy handed winemaking here...I don't understand why American winemakers try to work AGAINST THE VINTAGE instead of with it...still trying to please WA, WS in this instance is my guess.I hope this smooths out. Maybe in 5 years the oak will integrate..if not a waste of great fruit.I am keeping this wine open and tasting over 5 days to see what happens.. Will report so far on day 2 stuck in same mode.

Well I bought a case of this from a well known vendor as a mystery wine. So I hope that this wine changes because, it was not described at all the way it actually tastes. (((here is the description for the wine, which is why i bought it:" It is not an ooze-monster trying to obtain points - quite the opposite. It pushes to the head of the domestic Pinot Noir class because of its organic/hands-off principles and the origin of its fruit. In its attempt to showcase terroir and varietal symmetry over massive new oak and carnival extraction, it races past the field like Jeff Gordon. ")))) This is my note for this wine: Instead of understanding the 2011 vintage in Oregon, the winemakers here used some new oak, 30% according to the website, which in a riper year might have been fine, which totally overwhelems the fruit. The Oak, along with pretty drastic over extraction shrouds in spoof what could have been a pure and gorgeous lighter style wine that fits the vintage. Instead..they tried to make a prestige wine in a style that didn't match the vintage. Heavy handed winemaking here...I don't understand why American winemakers try to work AGAINST THE VINTAGE instead of with it...still trying to please WA, WS in this instance is my guess.I hope this smooths out. Maybe in 5 years the oak will integrate..if not a waste of great fruit.I am keeping this wine open and tasting over 5 days to see what happens.. Will report so far on day 2 stuck in same mode.

4 people found it helpfulNov 2nd, 2015
Noah Raizman

Oak overwhelms a delicate wine from a delicate year and over extraction leads to roughened tannins with a relative lack of mid palate depth and a sense of strangled character. Winemaking overshadows terroir and bludgeons it to death.

Oak overwhelms a delicate wine from a delicate year and over extraction leads to roughened tannins with a relative lack of mid palate depth and a sense of strangled character. Winemaking overshadows terroir and bludgeons it to death.

1 person found it helpfulAug 7th, 2016
Joshua Crisp

Slam dunk pinot funk! Flint and fresh mushrooms blend well with spice and bright cherries, with brandied dark cherries and sweet tobacco gushing onto the palate. Fresh red plums on the mid-palate with hints graphite in the edges, and ending in an elegant, spicy, and acidic finish.

Slam dunk pinot funk! Flint and fresh mushrooms blend well with spice and bright cherries, with brandied dark cherries and sweet tobacco gushing onto the palate. Fresh red plums on the mid-palate with hints graphite in the edges, and ending in an elegant, spicy, and acidic finish.

1 person found it helpfulFeb 22nd, 2015
Russell Stoner

Russell had this 5 years ago

Russell had this 5 years ago

1 person found it helpfulJul 25th, 2014
Kenneth Gustavsson

A baby still but juicy minerality and great structure.

A baby still but juicy minerality and great structure.

1 person found it helpfulFeb 8th, 2014
Ryan Mullins

2011 in a great spot on the nose but the palate has hallowed out and gone all cooper penny

2011 in a great spot on the nose but the palate has hallowed out and gone all cooper penny

Mar 1st, 2016
Nathan Adams

Consulting Wine/Beverage Director, Snake River Brewing, Persephone, King Sudachi

9.0

Delicious showing

Delicious showing

Apr 15th, 2015
Donald Patz

Owner/Winemaker Patz & Hall

9.3

Very Oregon - impressive with layers and subtlety. Enjoyed

Very Oregon - impressive with layers and subtlety. Enjoyed

Jul 27th, 2014
Joseph Barsky

2011 Vintage. 12.9% Alcohol. Thin and weedy in past times opening and not worthy of a TN, now finally getting better although still thin. Taking on a brick rim so I would say now is the drinking window. A Garagiste special deal that was not so special. Bought 6 and this is the third one opened with dismal results on the prior two. Better after airing for an hour. @jason carey DipWSET time to try one again from your case if you still have them.

2011 Vintage. 12.9% Alcohol. Thin and weedy in past times opening and not worthy of a TN, now finally getting better although still thin. Taking on a brick rim so I would say now is the drinking window. A Garagiste special deal that was not so special. Bought 6 and this is the third one opened with dismal results on the prior two. Better after airing for an hour. @jason carey DipWSET time to try one again from your case if you still have them.

Apr 19th, 2019
Josh Carroll

Perfect pop and pour light and delicious.

Perfect pop and pour light and delicious.

Aug 16th, 2018