Anden Vineyard (formerly part of Seven Springs Vineyard) overlooks the fertile Willamette Valley from its position in the hills west of Salem. Growing on a steep southeast slope, the vines are protected from maritime winds by a fold in the hills. The vineyard was planted in 1982 on Jory soil, a shallow clay over fractured rock, at an elevation of 400'.
With the 2001 vintage, our Seven Springs Vineyard Pinot noir has changed. Until 2001, St. Innocent was the only winery to produce a Seven Springs Vineyard Pinot noir from both the original lower block of grapes and the upper block planted in 1998. In 2001, the vineyard was legally divided into two separate properties. The upper block will be called Seven Springs and the lower, Anden Vineyard. From what was one wine, there are now two different vineyard designate wines.
The vines are 20 years old, quite old by Oregon standards. Anden Pinot noir is the most intense and concentrated of all the 2001 Pinot noirs. It is also the most layered, complex, and nuanced of the St. Innocent Pinot noirs. This wine will develop dramitically with long term aging - and will still be young and developing after 10 years.
This Pinot noir is endowed with a very deep purple-red hue. Its nose is dominated by wild, black fruits, and has significant hints of pumpkin pie spice and white pepper. At this point, our Anden Vineyard Pinot noir is still very tight with great concentration. I expect it to open significantly by Christmas 2003. This is wine for game and wild mushrooms - those wild and earthy flavors in the food bring out all the layers in this wine.