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We have some great and talented neighbors in the Eola-Amity Hills. Our only bottling in this release to include non-estate fruit, this Pinot Noir is a collection from three vineyards within our AVA; young vines from Seven Springs along with Rocky Hill and Eola Springs vineyards. Our Pinot Noirs begin a natural, indigenous fermentation after a 4-5 day cold soal in our open-top oak and concrete fermenters. Twice daily, gentle punch-downs throughout the fermentation encourage soft extraction of the tannins. This wine was made with no new oak to highlight the purity of fruit and offer immediate pleasure upon release.
Our 2013 Estate Chardonnay comes from a newly planted, three-acre block that was developed in 2008 and farmed organically and biodynamically from the beginning. A slightly tighter vine density and a varied “bouquet” of clones were chosen. Grapes for this wine were picked before the four days of rain in the middle of harvest. Our chardonnays are made in the traditional Burgundian style, with long, gentle pressing of whole clusters and a light settling of the golden juice just before transfer to barrel for spontaneous indigenous fermentation. The Estate Chardonnay was fermented and aged in barrels for 11 months with 20% new oak, then further aged in tank for another five months, on lees, before bottling.
Our 2013 Seven Springs Pinot Noir is a representation of Seven Springs Vineyard in its entirety; grapes are sourced from every diverse corner of this magical site, including our old vine, own-rooted Pommard block. The biodynamic farming of the vineyard showed its worth when the rains of 2013 threatened the vintage, as this method gave the pinot noir a thick exterior and made it resilient to the harmful weather. The grapes were hand-picked, hand-sorted, and destemmed; they began to ferment naturally after a 4-5 day cold soak in our open-top oak and concrete fermenters. Twice daily, gentle punch-downs throughout the fermentation helped the soft extraction of the tannins. Aging occurred in 30% new French oak barrels for 16 months to preserve the elegance of the wine.
2013 La Source Pinot Noir comes from the old vines planted at the highest part of the hill, where the vines have the most exposure to the wind and where the soils are their shallowest. The Seven Springs Vineyard, farmed biodynamically and organically since 2007, is planted on iron-rich, volcanic soil, with basalt mother rocks. The biodynamic farming of the vineyard showed its worth when the rains of 2013 threatened the vintage, as this method gave the pinot noir a thick exterior and made it resilient to the harmful weather. Our pinot noirs are hand-picked, hand-sorted, and destemmed, then treated to a 4-5 day cold soak in open-top oak and concrete fermenters before fermentation begins naturally from indigenous yeasts. Twice daily, gentle punchdowns throughout fermentation encourage soft extraction of tannins. Aging of this wine occurred in 30% new French oak barrels for 16 months, which preserves the elegance of the wine.