Vivid ruby-red. Cherry-cola, blackberry and Asian spices on the exotically perfumed nose. Lush, pliant and sweet, offering intense red and dark berry preserve flavors and notes of sassafras and star anise. A subtle vanilla note carries through the long, penetrating finish, which shows no rough edges. This pinot has the depth to age but already drinks very easily.
93 points, Stephen Tanzer's Int'l Wine Cellar (Jul 2012)
With their 2010 Pinot Noir Seven Springs Vineyard Red Queen, the Evening Land team repeats an experiment attempted in the 2008 vintage of including around one-third whole clusters and stems in the ferment. The result makes for a striking and illuminating contrast with the otherwise nearly identical fruit and methods that informed the La Source of this vintage. Iris, gentian, black pepper, licorice, and smoky black tea convey aromatic as well as inner-mouth complexity to tart-edged red berries, all of which combine for a distinctive and forceful resonance that carries into a gripping finish. There is a chew to the tannins here but also expansiveness to the wine’s flower-enhanced inner-mouth perfume that set it apart from its stable mates. This is going to be fascinating to follow in parallel with its La Source sibling over the coming decade.
92 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue # 202 - Aug 2012)
Ripe cherry and spice flavors play with deftness on an open frame. This is generous with its fruit, showinbg subtle hints of black pepper and licorice. Finishes with intensity and impressive length. Drink now through 2018. 311 cases made.
92 points, Wine Spectator (Dec 2012)
The Red Queen bottling is Evening Land’s most limited in terms of production. The grapes are sourced from a block in the estate vineyard at the highest point of the hill, and the wine is aged in 30% new French oak for 14 months. Tasted a few weeks prior to its official release, it was stubbornly unyielding, even after a full 24 hours. Given the pedigree of this estate, and the superb quality of the two other 2010 Pinots, it is reasonable to expect this to come out of its hard shell and earn a much higher score.
92 points, Wine Enthusiast (Dec 2012)