The one Evening Land wine people simply CRAVE TO DRINK is our Gamay Noir. The little green label sidles up effortlessly to a simple summer meal of grilled meats and vegetables or a hearty Thanksgiving turkey. Best served with a slight chill, it offers a pillow-soft texture that hovers over exuberant fruit and a subtly complex and savory finish. This is unquestionably the most thoroughly drinkable wine grown at Seven Springs.
What makes this wine so spellbinding and thoroughly enjoyable? We’d like to think our commitment in the cellar to the classic, old-world methods of whole cluster, carbonic fermentation, with no new oak and no added sulfur are the main reasons we’re able to achieve what we do with Gamay. In the vineyard, the volcanic soils of the Eola-Amity Hills and the slight westerly aspect of our Gamay blocks reliably yield fruit that is compelling and complex without veering into over-ripeness and flabbiness.
An homage to the old vines - the final chapter
There are only 30 acres of Gamay under vine in all of the Willamette Valley. Here at Seven Springs Vineyard, we’re proud to farm just over 10% of that total (3.3acres). 1.1 of those acres is believed to be the oldest producing Gamay vines in North America. The vines were grafted over from Gewürtztraminer to Gamay in 1986 by Myron Redford of Amity Cellars. The remaining 2.2 acres were planted in 2003, just upslope from our old vines Pinot Noir and La Source Chardonnay blocks.
The 2017 Seven Springs Gamay Noir marks the final chapter for these old soldiers. Own-rooted, succumbing to phylloxera, and weary from the warm 3-vintage stretch of 2014-2015-2016, it was time to pull these vines from the ground. Less than a barrel of wine was harvested from these old vines in 2017. A paltry sum, and one that assures us these vines have given their last.
The 2017 Seven Springs Gamay Noir from Evening Land leads with a rich, ripe nose of red and blue fruits, a hint of spice, and a touch of smokiness from the volcanic soils. On the palate the wine is soft, pillowy, and approachable on the entry. Complexity and spice start to creep in on the mid-palate and the finish brings a bright zip of acidity and an encore of the exuberant fruit from the nose. The 2017 Gamay drinks splendidly on release and we always recommend serving slightly chilled for optimal enjoyment.
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