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Senior editor Alison Napjus joined Wine Spectator in 2000. She is the lead taster for Alsace, Beaujolais and Champagne and also tastes wines from regions throughout Italy.
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An Oregon Pinot Stands Out at a French Café

Evening Land Pinot Noir Eola-Amity Hills Seven Springs Vineyard 2007

Alison Napjus
Posted: June 21, 2010

My sister lives on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, and a recent visit found us strolling in the area looking for somewhere to dine that evening. She led us to a “cute sidewalk café” she had noticed, which turned out to be Café Boulud, chef Daniel Boulud’s more casual take on dining. Upon seeing where she had led us, of course I said, “Mais oui!” Luckily, they were able to accommodate us in their outdoor dining area.

I gleefully took the wine list from the server, knowing that any restaurant under the Daniel umbrella would have an excellent list. But at the same time, this wasn’t meant to be a big night out for us, so I didn’t want to order something that would break the bank. I was pleased to see a number of very affordable bottlings on the list, but ultimately I was drawn to order something in between “very affordable” and “big night out”—Evening Land’s 2007 Seven Springs Vineyard Pinot Noir, which was available for $70 a bottle on their list.

This wine was number 97 on our Top 100 of 2009 list, and I was the one who wrote the blurb about the wine in that article. I have been hoping to try it ever since, and was reminded of it again recently after reading Harvey Steiman’s blog about Evening Land. The wine didn’t disappoint: A smoky thread wound around black cherry, currant and earth notes, and the silky texture was framed by well-integrated acidity. I rated it 93 points, non-blind, and consider it an excellent example of the great balance you can find in the best bottlings of Oregon Pinot.

Café Boulud
20 E. 76th St. (between Madison and Fifth Avenues)
New York, NY 10021
Telephone: (212) 772-2600
Website: danielnyc.com

WineSpectator.com members: Read the original blind-tasting review for Evening Land Pinot Noir Eola-Amity Hills Seven Springs Vineyard 2007 (92, $48).

• Plus, get our quick list of Top Values among Oregon Pinot Noirs.

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