The 2016 La Source Pinot Noir sports a delicately floral nose with hints of cherry. The wine is already supremely expressive and focused, singing with brisk acidity and a mineral heart that frames the red fruit notes with precise panache.
La Source comes from vines grown at the very top of Seven Springs, a special vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA, established in 1984 under the direction of Burgundian legend Dominique Lafon. At 700 feet in elevation, Evening Land's Dijon clone Pinot Noir struggles with rocky soils and daily wind from the Van Duzer Gap. The Dijon clones and the stressful conditions conspire to produce small berries and tight clusters resulting in a focused, complex, and mineral-driven expression the winemakers believe serves as a benchmark for Oregon Pinot Noirs.
The La Source block at Seven Springs is harvested by hand. Gentle handling of the fruit throughout fermentation ensures a supple, texturally fine-grained wine. The 2016 La Source Pinot Noir was raised in 40% new French oak barrels and bottled without fining of filtering.
100% Pinot Noir
Eola-Amity Hills, Oregon
"The 2016 'La Source' Pinot Noir is yet another absolutely sensational wine from Evening Land. This Pinot Noir begins with gorgeous aromatics of fresh raspberries and wild berries which are woven together with exotic spices, floral, eucalyptus, forest floor and crushed stones. On the palate this is sophisticated and classy, with remarkable focus and concentration. Beautifully balanced and displaying remarkable purity and finesse, this continues to impress through the gorgeous silky finish. While La Source is already striking in its youth, it will ultimately go on to age gracefully for quite some time." – International Wine Report, 95pts.
"Polished and well-structured, with expressive rose petal and sassafras aromas and dynamic blackberry, licorice and spice flavors that billow toward plush tannins." – Wine Spectator, 94pts.
"La Source is usually drawn from the top of Seven Springs, where the soils are shallow and the vines most exposed to afternoon breezes. This wine may reflect those circumstances in its concentration, with heady strawberry scents and flavors of unusual density and grip. It’s buoyed by firm, mouthwatering acids and marked on the finish by a hint of clove-y cluster-spice. This has the stuffing to cellar." – Wine & Spirits, 93pts.
"Pale to medium ruby in color, the Pinot Noir la Source Seven Springs Vineyard has a lovely savory nose with aromas of charcuterie, toasted cardamom, forest floor, potpourri, perfume and bramble berry. Medium-bodied, it has a great silky texture opening to tart wild blackberries, cracked pink peppercorn and savory/meaty touches, with a firm frame of grainy tannins and plenty of freshness, finishing long with mineral accents." – Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 92pts.