The 2019 Seven Springs Pinot Noir comes primarily from our oldest own-rooted block of Pinot Noir at the vineyard. Originally planted in 1982, these Pommard clones thrive in iron-rich, volcanic Jory soils. These 36-year-old dry-farmed vines are harvested by hand, the grapes are hand-sorted, and roughly 90% of the fruit was destemmed. A combination of gentle punch downs and pump- overs were employed throughout the fermentation to encourage a soft extraction of tannin and the wine was aged in neutral French oak for 14 months.
Our 2019 Seven Springs Pinot Noir typifies the cool, even vintage. It leads with a bright aromatics of fresh red fruits, black tea, and a subtle undercurrent of forest floor. On the palate the wine is exquisitely pure and brilliant with a lively mid-palate and a focused finish.
- Sourced from the oldest (36 years old) own-rooted block in Seven Springs Vineyard
- Pommard clones
- Iron-rich, volcanic ‘Jory’ soils
- 10% Whole Cluster
- Fermented in open-top concrete and oak fermenters
- Indigenous Yeast
- Aged 12 months in neutral French oak & 7 months in concrete
Seven Springs’ eastern exposure ensures the vineyard awakens to the warmth of the morning sun. The vineyard’s position opposite the windy Van Duzer Corridor, mitigates hot, sunny afternoons in the Willamette Valley with cool winds from the Pacific. As valley temperatures increase throughout the day, warm air rises, replaced by cooling winds flooding in from the Pacific through the Van Duzer gap and across our vineyard. This daily cooling, along with our eastern aspect, affords our grapes the luxury of extended time on the vine.
Since its inception, Seven Springs has been dry-farmed. The vineyard is LIVE™ certified and was converted to biodynamic viticulture in 2007. We continue to farm Seven Springs biodynamically, encouraging a healthy and sustainable ecosystem in the vineyard.
Seven Springs is planted overwhelmingly to Pinot Noir, followed by Chardonnay, and Gamay. The oldest own-rooted blocks of Pinot Noir and Gamay are a testament to, and daily reminder of, Oregon’s incredible history and potential. Benchmark Oregon producers have long sourced fruit from Seven Springs and the wines from this vineyard are the most decorated and award-winning wines in Oregon’s history