2022 Vintage Report

Overall, 2021 and 2022 presented dramatically different conditions in the Eola-Amity Hills. Contrary to the heat of 2021—which required vigorous sorting of berries and incorporating fruit from the east-facing side of the vineyard in La Source and Summum Pinot Noirs—2022 offered much cooler conditions, which ultimately led to a very late harvest. Fruit didn’t come into the winery until early October—a rare occurrence in the context of global warming. 

However, despite their late arrival, the reds from 2022 are showing incredibly vibrant and bright on the palate. Although both vintages were great for these cuvées, the 2022s are more linear, acid driven, and energetic. With regards to whites, one can expect the same precision and texture from the 2022 Estate Chardonnay as was found in the 2021 vintage, with perhaps even more texture due to lees influence.

According to wine writer Sean Magruder, the quality of a wine can be equated to the energy found within it, with acidity being equally paramount—particularly in white wine vinification. “Acidity is what gives life and longevity in bottle to our Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc, both of which held incredible freshness through the slow creep of the season,” he says. Long, gentle fermentations further piqued a sense of elevation in these cuvées, which ultimately culminated in vivacious, mouthwatering wines.

Though when it comes to 2022, the white wines aren’t the only bottles that promise to steal the show. “2022 was not for white wines alone,” Magruder recaps from a recent team tasting, stating that the vintage also provided Evening Land with the opportunity for less whole cluster inclusion on Pinots, which carried their tannins with grace. “We matured [these wines] in more new oak than years past; they will age generously, much like the more assertive, meaty Three Mile Syrah,” he says.

Above all, our team hopes that you will enjoy all of our wines as they were intended to be savored: with the friends, family, and food that make drinking wine such a delight. 

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