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2011 Evening Land Vineyards Pinot Noir La Source Seven Springs Vineyard Eola - Amity Hills
11/2/2015 - mrfroopy wrote:
79 points
Well I bought a case of this as a mystery wine I got a good deal, so its shooting craps, however I hope that this wine evolves in a good way 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:It is NOT an ooze monster, however, 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(maybe only for now). 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. I really don't like the over extraction.. this is the problem to me they extracted stuff that in a lighter vintage should not be in the wine. 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. TO BE FAIR, let me say my Girlfriend who likes oak and extraction more than I, liked this wine A LOT!!
  • Spl232 commented:

    11/18/15, 11:31 AM - Thanks for the note. Nothing frustrates me more than Pinot Noir wine makers who try and make a specific style of wine without any consideration of the vintage conditions. Over the least one or two years, I have loved the 2007 Oregon Pinots in my cellar (which seemed like a similar vintage; cool year but lots of hangtime), but the only real disappointments from that vintage for me are wine that seem overly manipulated and man-handled.

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