2016 PINOT NOIR
Clos de la Fôret
VINEYARD | seven springs estate
block | Clos de la Fôret
clones | Pommard, 777
APPELLATION | EOLA-AMITY HILLS
WINEMAKERs | Ben DiCristina, Rajat Parr, and Sashi Moorman
HARVEST DATE | SEPTEMBER 15, 2016
BOTTLING | march 1, 2018
ALCOHOL | 13.6%
PRODUCTION | 5 cases
This special bottling is sourced from one of the most prized blocks at Seven Springs Estate, Clos de la Fôret. Nestled within an enclosure of majestic Douglas fir, Clos de la Fôret is a small planting from 2002 sitting at the summit of the vineyard. Here it is one of the first blocks at Seven Springs to greet the cool winds from the Pacific as they whistle inland through the Van Duzer corridor. Both the hawks circling overhead and the selections of Pommard and 777 Pinot noir, planted North-South, thrive here. Clos de la Fôret was picked on September 15th, 2016, and underwent fermentation in a concrete tank. Both remontage and foulage were employed during fermentation before the wine was racked to 100% new, light-toast Ermitage barrels for 16 months. The wine was bottled without fining or filtration. One of the most consistently elegant wines on the property, this cuvée from Clos de la Fôret is often incorportated into the Evening Land La Source Pinot noir. Light ruby in the glass, it opens with scents of pine needles and humus before yielding aromas of violets and roses. A distinct but subdued fruit component of bing cherries and currants follows. Well-structured and balanced, the floral component first foreshadowed on the nose continues through to tantalize on the palate. A medium-long finish gives you ample time to reflect before that last wisp of sweet dark fruit trails off. We invite you to take a minute or two to get acquainted with this wine, Evening Land’s 2016 vintage Clos de la Fôret, made and bottled exclusively for the 2018 Willamette Pinot Noir Auction. We are extremely proud of it and hope that you will take pleasure in it as well.
Consistently producing some of the most distinguished wines to come out of Oregon, Seven Springs Vineyard was originally planted in 1983 and sits in the eastern Eola-Amity Hills. The vineyard is biodynamically farmed and LIVE certified. The cooling winds from the Van Duzer Corridor combined with the volcanic soils, eastern exposure and old vines imbue our wines with a finesse and strong sense of place. Raj Parr and Sashi Moorman explore the vineyard’s potential, isolating distinct blocks and experimenting with microcuvées in the heart of the Seven Springs hillside.