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Eola-Amity Hills (Oregon) Chardonnay "Summum Seven Springs Vineyard", Evening Land Vineyards 2008


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This is a special selection from the famed Seven Springs Vineyard situated in the Eola Hills. The vineyard is farmed biodynamically and is in a cool site, which allows the grapes to ripen fully at a balanced level. This 2008 was harvested at a potential 12.2% alcohol, and after vinification it was 13.5% alcohol. Helping craft this wine as consulting winemaker is the famous Burgundy winemaker Dominique Lafon, whom Burgundy wine expert Clive Coates named the world's greatest producer of Chardonnay! The 2008 is widely regarded as Oregon's best vintage. Clearly, this incredible Chardonnay is a testament to that claim. Only about 300 six-packs were produced. This is destined to be a legendary wine.

"Tangy, refined, complex and inviting, this steely wine has a leesy character that weaves through the lime, mineral, green tomato and green apple flavors. Unusual, but with tremendous finesse and depth. Unlike any other Oregon Chardonnay. Best from 2012 through 2018. 175 cases made." 95/100 Wine Spectator Hot Wines

"Even better, if only by a hair, is the 2008 Chardonnay Summum. It received the same elevage as La Source but was picked from a different parcel of the vineyard so the differences are totally terroir related. It exhibits a bit more aromatic complexity, slightly greater concentration, but otherwise more similarities than differences. At this level, those slight nuances are what you are paying for. Is it worth twice the price? I can't say, but what can be said with certainty is that these are two of the finest Chardonnays ever produced in the Willamette Valley." 94/100 Jay Miller, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate