Seven Springs Vineyard overlooks the fertile Willamette Valley from its position in the hills west of Salem. Growing on a steep southest slope, the vines are protected from maritime winds by a fold in the hills. The vineyard blocks were planted in 1982, 1988, and 1992 on Jory soil (a shallow cay over fractured rock) at an elevation of 400'.
Vintage Notes: The second rain-affected harvest in a row, fruit in 1996 was closer to fully ripe when a few days of rain arrived, resulting in almost normal size and richness in the Pinot noirs. The vintage yields were slightly below normal levels but not as low as 1994 and 1998, plus in all years since 1994 more winemakers are choosing to crop-thin to achieve intensity. A fat, rich vintage considered the best of the rain years by critics.