Evening Land Seven Springs Vineyard La Source Pinot Noir 2016
|Region||United States, Oregon, Willamette Valley|
Tight and still pulling itself together, this mixes tart pie cherries with stiff tannins, earth, pepper and bark. The phenolic earthy flavors are offset by the fruit and acid, and the overall mix of components will ultimately fashion a complex wine with a finishing lick of sweet spice from aging in 50% new French oak. Hold for another couple of years and drink from 2020 through 2030.
Refined and seamlessly complex, with expressive black cherry, spiced tea and river stone accents that take on richness and vitality toward polished tannins. Drink now through 2025. 641 cases made.
Some of the 2016s from Evening Land were closed and reductive when I tasted them last year. Checking back in on the 2016 Pinot Noir La Source, it's blossomed in bottle, offering up scents of cranberry sauce, rhubarb and blackberries with nuances of peppered meats, woodsmoke, dried leaves and forest floor with floral hints coming through with time in the glass. The medium-bodied palate is silky with intense, ripe fruit, a firm, grainy frame and a long, fresh finish. Tasting this next to its 2017 counterpart, the vintage difference is transparent: the 2016 is ripe and intense, while the 2017 is more delicate with crunchy, fresh fruits.