Evening Land is based around a special vineyard in Seven Springs in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA just north of Salem. The vineyard was established in 1984, and in 2007 Burgundian legend Dominique Lafon began an advisory role in the project. Just like in Burgundy terroir is key to this project - the different cuvées are all clearly defined despite coming from the same vineyard, and the soil and aspect of each parcel shines through. The east-facing site was mainly planted with Pinot Noir, plus some Chardonnay and Gamay, and ripening is moderated by cool air from the Pacific channeled via an opening in the Oregon Coastal Range. The vineyard is dry farmed following LIVE sustainability methods, and since 2007 it has been managed biodynamically.
Cool Pacific air slows the ripening of these grapes, which come from a single block of younger vines. They are whole-bunch pressed and barrel fermented with natural yeasts to give a beautifully balanced wine, with refreshing acidity and a long finish.