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Professional Ratings: 95 Wine Spectator, 95 Wine Enthusiast, 93 International Wine Cellar, 93 Wine & Spirits, 92 The Wine Advocate
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Other Info: Boutique Wines
Item no. 123009
Clear ruby red in color with purple tones; the elegant nose dances between red and black wild berry aromas. The nose has layers of fragrant floral and spice notes including rose, lavender, exotic anise, and cinnamon. Complex aromas that are tight and subdued and take a few moments in the glass to develop. The palate has a fine texture of soft tannins with purity of flavors of bright cherry and a crushed rock character. The wine has wonderful balance and suppleness that sustain the elegant long finish.
This red is remarkable for its array of vivid flavors on a sleek, airy frame, shading its juicy raspberry and cherry fruit with a streak of wet rock, crushed rose petal and white pepper, all of it put together seamlessly. The finish just doesn't quit. Drink now through 2020. 971 cases made.
In a stellar lineup of 2010 Evening Land Pinots, this is the best. It displays eye-popping character and depth, a ripe powerhouse at just 13.1% alcohol. Black cherry fruit comes laced with cinnamon and baking spice notes. It’s a full, round, rich, and fruity wine that just never quits.
Bright ruby. Aromas of raspberry and cherry are complemented by suave floral and spicecake nuances. The palate offers an array of sweet red and dark berry flavors, along with notes of candied lavender, cola and allspice. This juicy, precise pinot finishes with outstanding finishing and lingering florality. I find this wine less forthcoming than the Red Queen and suspect that it will age a bit longer.
Light and sinewy, with a hint of sour cherry and dark strawberry, this feels poised and a bit distant when first poured, in keeping with the vintage. It broadens with air, the texture going creamy and gently sweet, brightened by fine acidity. It’s a wine that's quiet and composed to serve with smoked sturgeon or cod.
Evening Land’s 2010 Pinot Noir Seven Springs Vineyard La Source – representing selected, inter alia shallower tufa and weathered basalt soils – predictably has much in common with its generic counterpart, notably an emphasis on invigoratingly tart, juicy cranberry and cherry tinged with sassafras, fruit pit, and black pepper. But here, much more complexity is achieved, including overtones of floral perfume, lemon oil, and licorice as well as a mouthwateringly savory salted red meat undertone that carries through the multilayered and almost unstoppably vibrant finish. The clarity and polish of this performance are unlikely to diminish over the coming decade, but rather to be enhanced by their stay in bottle.