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: 2004 started out as a carbon copy of 2003, but thankfully cooled off and got needed rains in late August and then again in mid-September before most vineyards’ final ripening phase. What a difference some rain makes! Young and early vineyards that were almost ready to harvest the first week of September could have done without the rain, but the rest thought it a blessed relief and assured nutrient mobility in the vines. A short crop due to poor weather at set, extreme temperatures the prior vintage, and vineyard growth irregularities, plus growing season heat (2004’s Degree Day 2404 compared to 2003’s 2535 in McMinnville) make 2004 properly plump and extracted, but with restraint—average Brix down 1%. An interesting vintage—almost an average of 2001, 2002 and 2003, with perhaps a little more variability in reds and more structured, brighter whites similar to 2002.