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 under the direction of Burgundian legend Dominique Lafon. 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.
La Source grapes come from the lower half of the Seven Springs vineyard, where the vines are longer established. Fruit is whole-bunch pressed, then fermented and aged in 75% new French oak – this lively, mineral-driven Chardonnay is already delicious but has the structure to age gracefully.