#97 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2009
Long a source for benchmark Oregon Pinot Noir, the Seven Springs Vineyard is now a 'monopole' vineyard estate. Seven Springs was first planted in 1981. Occupying the "belly" of an easy-facing ridge in the Eola Hills of Oregon's Willamette Valley, the soils of Seven Springs spring from the mineral rich red volcanic rock and are planted to a mix of Oregon Heritage and Dijon clones. Winemaker: Isabelle Meunier with Dominique Lafon, consulting winemaker.
The Seven Springs Vineyard Estate Pinot Noir comes from a selection of old and new plantings in each corner of the vineyard. The vines that produce this wine sit in classic red Jory soils typical of both the Eola Hills and the Dundee Hills of Oregon. The root system enjoys a roomy 5 feet or more of topsoil before hitting the underlying volcanic rock shelf.
"Bright and juicy, with lively acidity and a streak of distinctive minerality running through the raspberry and floral flavors, lingering on the refined finish. Best from 2010 through 2014. 1,519 cases made."
"The 2007 Pinot Noir La Source Seven Springs Vineyard was aged in a larger percentage of new oak. It exhibits a similar bouquet but greater structure and sweeter fruit on the palate. Ripe, concentrated, and with a masculine personality, it will benefit from 2-3 years of additional cellaring and offer prime drinking from 2011 to 2019."
The Wine Advocate