This sets a high standard for Oregon Chardonnay. Bright and snappy, yet deep and concentrated, it’s a symphony of lemon, citrus, stone and tropical fruits, well-differentiated yet perfectly integrated. The extraordinary length and precise focus, along with the overall balance and structure, suggest that this should improve for many years to come.
96 points, Wine Enthusiast (Dec 2012)
#9 - Wine Enthusiast Top 100 of 2012
Light, racy and aromatic, with depth, offering mineral notes of crushed wet stone before delivering beautifully restrained apple, pineapple and citrus flavors that play against a lean, sinewy frame. The finish doesn't quit. Drink now through 2020. 217 cases made.
96 points, Wine Spectator (Dec 2012)
Lean, angular and attenuated, with filigreed scents of lees and dried pineapple, this has a high-toned character. With air a soft vanilla spice emerges to accent the fruit, and a hint of mace or clove spice to adorn the finish. Everything seems to be in place; it’s just years from its peak expression. Cellar, then serve with soy-glazed black cod.
94 points, Wine & Spirits (Oct 2012)
Evening Land’s 2010 Chardonnay Seven Springs Vineyard Summum was rendered in comparable volume to its La Source counterpart and with the same roughly 25% new wood and vinificatory regimen. A gorgeous, high-toned nose of white peach, iris, verbena, and lemon oil wafts from the glass, along with intimations of crushed stone, iodine, and crustacean shell reduction that mouthwateringly mingle with pure fruit and inner-mouth perfume on a polished yet almost athletically lean palate. Invigoratingly zesty and saliva-inducingly mineral notes add to the vibrant appeal of a long finish that preserves this wine’s utmost clarity of fruit and seductive florality. I imagine it will be worth following for the better part of a decade, considering that the 2007 (also reviewed on this occasion) isn’t showing the least sign of fading. If only there were more than the roughly 220 cases that exist of this (as well as of its La Source counterpart).
92 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue # 202 - Aug 2012)