Evening Land Vineyards 2011 Seven Springs Vineyard pinot noir (Oregon)

Sounders WIN, bitches!!!

The best odd news is real news and last night’s Republican presidential debate was at odd as it gets in politics. Every major candidate revealed themselves as blatant liars who cannot stand on their own merit, who lack diplomatic graciousness, and who show more interest in tearing apart the competition than facing the real issues plaguing America today. Never mind acknowledging a strong domestic economy with low unemployment and how to further the current bull market. Never mind that our country is still at war in a far off land that we have no business in– problems in the Middle East should be dealt with by the narcissitic regimes swaddling the cheap bath towels on their heads in that region. Our vehicles are more dangerous to be on the road than ever before due to a lack of tire and airbag accountability. Our local educational system is run by parents more interested in seeking political office than improving the intelligence of the next generation. And the mayor wants Seattle to be car-free by sticking guilt-inducing global warming notes on gas pumps. These are the same individuals that wanted to kick out the old cronies that ran the country by back-door negotiating and compromise and install poorly-educated rebel partiers who play the “infant card” and refuse to go along with the status quo if they don’t fully get their way. Readers, show your stiff middle finger to the system by voting for WAwineman for president! F- the Republicans. F- the Democrats. F- the Progressives. A bottle of Washington wine on every table in America is the rallying cry! Stand by your WAwineman!

Getting back to the nonsense around these parts…

A Bremerton public high school football coach is now on paid administrative leave for defying his boss’s order not to pray after games. While members of Congress supported the coach, the fact remains… he defied his boss’s orders. First rule in business: regardless of common sense, if you’re not asked to do a felony, then do as your boss says. Stick your personal religious beliefs up your rear end and do it. If the coach was so adamant in having a post-game prayer, then do it at a private school, free of any contradictory church-state divisions.

This will be interesting… an infamous band of hackers will be releasing the names of KKK members soon, some 1000 of them. Local wine gluggers predict more free advertising for inept, entitled wine bloggers and senior wine writers for D-listed wine mags.

Speaking of Paul Guttless, looks like he was doing a wine tour in the eastern states of Maryland and Pennsylvania as it was reported that a fat, white dirigible was on the loose trying to score free wines in the area. Said one local shopkeeper, “We thought he was going to buy wine. We saw him open his empty wallet. We called 911, who said they were tracking him.”

Speaking of Sean Sillyvain, Donald Trump summarized why the asexual, two-inch prick successfully complained to Google to remove this blog from top search results (but failed with Bing because we “know” peeps there), “WAwineman was getting too successful, like me, and became the top dog in popularity. Sean’s poll numbers tanked, that’s why he’s on the end.” The Don is always right, ain’t he?

Evening Land Vineyards started up from a former movie producer a decade ago and has garnered sterling world-class numbers for its pinot noir and chardonnays in the heart of Oregon pinot noir country, the Willamette Valley AVA. The winery’s story is well-documented but that is not why the wine is spotlighted on this long-running blog.

Anyone worth her/his spit in wine knows good Oregon pinot noir costs more than a wooded Washington cabernet. And, single-vineyard gems from well-known producers can easily command prices of $50 to $150. This is not hype. There is nothing to sell here. There are no financial or free samples interest to gain here, unlike all the other wine blogs. Evening Land currently owns the “best ever” rating of ’98’ for its pinot noir from another wine rag of all Oregon wines. Top Dog.

So, it was a surprise to get a tip that their 2011 Seven Springs Vineyard pinot noir ($50 on website) was selling in the area for the unheard of price of $24. That’s below the price of most of the cuvees (multi-vineyard blends) that make it to the Seattle market. Strong recommendation to get some at this price as it plays to its retail value right now and will get better over the next three years and keep thrilling for another decade.

Tasted at 64-68 degrees on the IR temp gun. Mesmerizing deep royal garnet in the Riedel Oregon pinot noir crystal, with notes of Victorian rose garden, huckleberry, strawberry jam, black cherry, and red currant with an astonishing presence on the palate reminiscent of your high school dream date wearing a silky prom dress of cherry, cranberry, raspberry, red licorice, and a light hint of truffle overseen by a firm parental acid backbone. Bring this lusty lady back home by midnight…

Alcohol: 13.0%. Eola-Amity Hills AVA. Clones: Pommard and Dijon 777, 114, and 115. Aged 16 months in French oak (30% new). Unfined. Bottled April 14, 2013. 2700 cases. Power: 2/5. Balance: 3/5. Depth: 3/5. Finesse: 3/5. Rated: 91. Value: $45. Music pairing: “Train In Vain” by The Clash. This is WAwineman… uncorked, uneducated but not uncouth.

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