Now that the acreage at Seven Springs is being increased, it was decided that fruit from its younger vines would be combined with that from older vines at Eola Springs to render 1,500 cases of an Evening Land 2011 Pinot Noir Eola-Amity Hills cuvee that will have annual successors - at least until such time as fruit from the currently young vines on Seven Springs is judged worthy to bear that name. Blueberry and huckleberry inform an ingratiatingly polished palate, their tart edges and berry seed crunchiness vintage-typical, but the overall impression unusually soft and sweetly ripe for a 2011. A savory undertone of meat stock serves for saliva inducement in a lingering finish. Whereas the “blue label” Willamette cuvee received around 20% new oak, this bottling saw only second-year and older barrels. I imagine that it will serve admirably through at least 2017.
91 Points Wine & Spirits - "The Eola–Amity Hills excels in this sort of smoky, mineral-driven red, a pinot with brooding density. While marked by lavish oak, that doesn’t take away from the vibrancy of its fruit. For the moment it’s exhibiting mostly structure, with a sweetness that will gain complexity in the cellar. "