2013 Seven Springs Vineyard, La Source, Pinot Noir
93 points, Wine Spectator
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.
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. La Source Pinot Noir is wonderfully complex. Detailed with fine tannins and a great vibrancy of fruit are apparent; the concentration of flavor is held in harmonious balance by the wine’s great tension. Alcohol 12.6% Production 1700 6-packs