Salem Wine Company, Eola-Amity Hills Chardonnay
Salem Wine Company, Eola-Amity Hills Chardonnay

Salem Wine Company, Eola-Amity Hills Chardonnay

Oregon / Willamette Valley, United States 2020 (750mL)
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Salem Wine Company, Eola-Amity Hills Chardonnay

Aficionados will recognize the name Seven Springs: It is a legendary vineyard in the iron-rich clay and basalt soils of the Eola-Amity Hills, first planted in 1980 by the MacDonald family. It’s a gently sloping, east-facing site, as in Burgundy, and its biodynamically farmed Pinot Noir and Chardonnay is some of the most sought-after fruit in the Willamette Valley.

Seven Springs is most readily associated with Evening Land Vineyards, which was acquired in 2014 by winemaking duo Rajat Parr and Sashi Moorman. At one time, the pair had worked with Burgundy vigneron Dominique Lafon to craft the Evening Land wines, but now they have the reins. Salem Wine Company is a second label for Evening Land, ultilizing younger-vine fruit from Seven Springs.

The Chardonnay for this 2020 comes mostly from a single block of the Seven Springs Vineyard. Hand-harvested grapes are gently pressed into 500-liter French oak puncheons, where the wine undergoes a native yeast fermentation. Aged for 12 months in neutral oak barrels, it is then transferred to stainless steel tank for six months to naturally clarify before bottling.

The wine is a glistening yellow-gold, with aromas and flavors of yellow apple, pear, salted lemon, white flowers, fresh cream, almond skin, wet stones, and bread dough. It is medium-bodied but broadens nicely in the glass, with a textured, concentrated mouthfeel well-balanced by citrusy acidity. Pair with roast chicken and you might think you’re in a wine bar in Burgundy!

Salem Wine Company, Eola-Amity Hills Chardonnay

United States


Columbia Valley

Like many Washington wines, the “Columbia Valley” indication only tells part of the story: Columbia Valley covers a huge swath of Central
Washington, within which are a wide array of smaller AVAs (appellations).


Willamette Valley

Oregon’s Willamette Valley has become an elite winegrowing zone in record time. Pioneering vintner David Lett, of The Eyrie Vineyard, planted the first Pinot Noir in the region in 1965, soon to be followed by a cadre of forward-thinking growers who (correctly) saw their wines as America’s answer to French
Burgundies. Today, the Willamette
Valley is indeed compared favorably to Burgundy, Pinot Noir’s spiritual home. And while Pinot Noir accounts for 64% of Oregon’s vineyard plantings, there are cool-climate whites that must not be missed.


Santa Barbara

Among the unique features of Santa Barbara County appellations like Ballard Canyon (a sub-zone of the Santa Ynez Valley AVA), is that it has a cool, Pacific-influenced climate juxtaposed with the intense luminosity of a southerly
latitude (the 34th parallel). Ballard Canyon has a more north-south orientation compared to most Santa Barbara AVAs, with soils of sandy
clay/loam and limestone.


Paso Robles

Situated at an elevation of 1,600 feet, it is rooted in soils of sandy loam and falls within the Highlands District of the Paso Robles AVA.

New York

North Fork

Wine growers and producers on Long Island’s North Fork have traditionally compared their terroir to that of Bordeaux and have focused on French varieties such as Cabernet Franc and Merlot.

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