#32 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2010
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 east-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.
"2008 Eola-Amity Hills La Source Seven Springs Vineyard Pinot Noir held at first under dense blue fruit aromas, with just a little air this wine reveals fine black- and red cherry accents. It continues to evolve over time as the flavors lift off, the fresh, succulent fruit seemingly lit from within, with that high-toned grace on which Oregon originally developed its reputation. It has a hint of the forest floor and a seductive, lingering aftertaste of cherry skin. This could benefit from cellaring; then serve with roast chicken."
Wine & Spirits
"The 2008 Pinot Noir La Source received the same elevage but was picked from a different parcel of the vineyard. It is slightly darker in color with more perfumed and complex aromatics with the addition of some earthy minerality. Savory, supple, and elegant, it will benefit from 3-4 years of additional bottle age and offer a drinking window extending from 2013 to 2023.
The Wine Advocate
"Ruby-red. Candied red and dark berry aromas are complemented by musky floral and herbal qualities, with notes of cocoa powder and anise sneaking in with aeration. Lush and creamy on entry, then shockingly energetic in the middle, offering sweet black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and a spine of lively acidity. Finishes on a dark fruit note, with velvety tannins and excellent clarity."
International Wine Cellar