2013 Seven Springs Vineyard, Chardonnay
91 points, Wine Spectator
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.
For Oregonians, 2013 provided a beautifully warm and sunny spring and summer. The vines experienced an early bud-break and an early bloom and we were coasting towards another gloriously rich and balanced harvest. Picking commenced in the middle of September until an anomalous monsoon blew in off the Pacific, blotted out the autumnal sun, and immediately suspended the harvest. After four days of constant rain, we timidly resumed harvest, fearing the worst. Fortunately, Seven Springs Vineyard is farmed biodynamically – for the past six years – which gave the fruit a thick exterior and made it resilient to the harmful weather, allowing our fruit to emerge healthy after the sun returned.
The wines of 2013 at Seven Springs exhibit a classical, elegant restraint that we love. Vibrant acidity and some richness provide a counterpoint to the purity of fruit. Made in the traditional Burgundian style, this is a graceful, pretty Chardonnay to enjoy while you practice patience on La Source and Summum. Aromas of lemon rind, pear, and mint, with hints of toasted sesame seeds and melon. Leaner than the 2012 but with enough richness to give it an extra dimension. The essence of raw pineapple and a sustained lemony fruit core finishes with a vibrant acidity. Alcohol 13.4% Production 607 9L cases