The Evening Land Seven Springs Vineyard Chenin Blanc 2018 is like a bolt of citrus lightening. Evening Land is a project run by Rajat Parr and Sashi Moorman in Eola-Amity Hills and in 2016 they top-grafted Chenin Blanc onto an acre of Pinot Noir vines on the southern border of the vineyard. The results are in, fantastic. And ageing beautifully, we just tasted this again (2023) and it is humming along nicely. 2018 was the second vintage of this wine to be produced and was considered a dry vintage, creating Chenin Blanc that is very much bone dry. The acidity is soaring gracefully, keeping things fresh and light, also extremely food friendly. We’re all about it. There’s a bright future for Chenin Blanc in Oregon.
Tasting note: This Chenin has a wide, brassy yellow core with a medium body and high acidity. Clean, medium intense, developing aromas of green apples, apricots, peaches , dried cranberries, river water and salty brine. On the palate underline Tart granny smith apples, dried apricot, lemon peel, sea salt and pickle. Austere, stony, and just-ripe fruit. In the end, the wine is complex with a long finish and an unknowable amount of years ahead for development. The nature of the acidity and style of fruit makes this a perfect accompaniment of Thai or Chinese food. Or Pho. Tight and bright, nothing flabby going on here.