2013 Seven Springs Vineyard, Pinot Noir
92 points, Wine Spectator
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.
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 2013 Pinot Noirs from Seven Springs will be a great vintage to cellar for the long run. Fresh ruby fruit aromas and beautiful minerality give way to a soft palate with velvety tannins. A lovely portrait of the vintage. These wines will be delicious upon release and will reward those with patience.
In this vintage, we made what we consider to be classic Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noirs - bright, crisp red-fruited wines with medium grained tannins and gently perfumed aromas of grilled matsutake, pine forest and burning incense. A pale cherry-red in color, this wine exhibits a nose dominated by fresh raspberry, cola, cinnamon, and a hint of rose petal. The palate is soft, showing velvety tannins and notes of freshly made grenadine. The wine expresses beautiful minerality, a lingering acidity, and perseverant fruit—distinctive and classic hallmarks of the Seven Springs Estate. Alcohol 13.0% Production 3054 9L cases