I first learned of Evening Land Vineyards through a friend in the industry who recommended them to me. You know a winery is good when someone intimately familiar with the Oregon wine industry says they are. The Evening Land tasting room in Dundee gives you the unique experience of tasting French wine, California wine and Oregon wine–all in Oregon.
Evening Land has vineyards in Burgundy, France, the Willamette Valley in Oregon and Sonoma-Coast in California. When I visited, they had nine Burgundy wines for sale, seven Oregon wines and four California wines. It was pretty amazing to taste the spread in one flight (not all of them of course).
- I fell straight in love with the first wine we tried, the 2011 Pouilly-Fuissé from Burgundy. It was crisp, delicate, had some melon notes and was one of the most compelling whites I’ve ever had. I’ve never been a fan of acid-driven, super-dry whites, and this one was not sweet at all but it was the most well-balanced white I’ve come across.
- The 2011 Chardonnay from Edna Valley, California was bolder, had a little too much tartness and a bit of oak but not too much.
- The 2011 Bourgogne Rogue from Burgundy had roses and minerals, and was earthy and delicious. It’s always a pleasure to interact with Burgundian wines, they have a refinement all of their own.
- The 2011 Pinot noir from the Willamette Valley was delicate and juicy.
- The 2010 Cote de Nuits Villages, Burgundy was a bit rough to me, but still had that earth and burgeoning elegance.
- The 2009 Pinot noir from Seven Springs Vineyard in Oregon was truly amazing. This is the best 2009 wine I’ve had. It had minerality yet was still fresh, both floral and crisp and aged beautifully–especially for an 09.
If you have the chance, be sure to visit them before their 09 Seven Springs sells out. And take an extra big sip of the Pouilly-Fuissé for me!
The Evening Land tasting room is open at 1326 N Hwy 99W, Suite 100, Dundee, OR 97115 daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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