Winery: Evening Land Vineyards
Bottling: 2007 Seven Springs Estate Pinot Noir
Sub-Region: Eola-Amity Hills
Estimated Retail Price: $45
Purchase Details: Purchased at R. Field Wine Co. in Honolulu, HI.
Tasting Notes: What an entrancing smell this wine had. I love when I get a pinot that smells so good that I’d rather smell it all night instead of drink it. On the nose, tons of dark fruit like plum and berries and a hint of earthy funk of the good kind.
In the mouth, even more dark fruit cherry flavors, spice, earth, tobacco and molasses. The mouth feel of this wine was amazing. It was super dense, chewy and even a little viscous in nature, but it was nowhere near being heavy or cloying. This is truly a refined and classy wine.
This pinot noir had a great finish and superb balance and I bet it would be even more of a real treat with some bottle age.
Food Pairing & Context in Which to Enjoy: I’m finding it hard right now to figure out what to eat with this wine. This is a real classy bottling that stands really well on its own. However, if someone were to twist my arm and ask for a pairing, I’d say a duck breast with some sort of magic blueberry, cherry, port reduction sauce of sorts. Yowza!
Winery & Other Background Information: The Evening Land Vineyards project is a collaboration of an esteemed group of wine personalities ranging from California winemaker Sashi Moorman, and consulting winemaker Dominque Lafond of Burgundy to a host of sommeliers, restaurateurs and even Hollywood producers.
To tell you the truth, this is one of the most confusing structures to understand as far as collaborative projects in the wine industry is concerned. You’ll know what I’m talking about when you try to search for information on the project. A new name or personality always shows up when you attempt to track down exactly who is involved in the Evening Land project which also includes the Once Wines team of people.
The respective websites don’t do much to shed any more light to on the situation. At this point, who cares who on the team is doing what, because what I’ve tasted so far has been phenomenal and that’s all that really matters anyway. Seek out these collector worthy wines.