Vineyard: 100% chardonnay from Seven Springs Vineyard, picked 9/7/21 & 9/10/21
Organically farmed, non-irrigated Dijon clones 95 and 76
Jory and Nekia silty clay loam soils over volcanic basalt. Planted in 2012 on 101-14 rootstock
Vines spaced 4×6, facing southeast and ranging from 500ft-550ft on a 2.7%-5.5% slope
Vintage: Bud break occurred during a warm week in mid-April, and May was warm and dry. After an early start to bloom, the second week of June brought cooler, breezy, and humid weather, with 1.25 inches of rain. Flowering finished closer to average timing in the second and third weeks of June. At the end of the month, a strong high- pressure system trapped extreme heat in the valley for three days, causing daytime highs to reach 115F and causing the vines to shut down. July was seasonably warm and dry, with the heat intensifying towards the end of the month. Early August was hot and dry, reaching a peak of 105 F in the second week before cooling off towards the end of the month. September was a very pleasant month, with warm days, cool evenings, and just enough precipitation. I began picking in the Dundee Hills on August 30th and I finished in the Eola-Amity Hills on September 22nd.
Vinification: Block B was hand-picked 9/7/21 and crushed into the press. Multiple press fractions were browned in cold steel for 24 hours before 45ppm sulfur addition. Block E was hand-picked 9/10/21, crushed into the press, and browned for 6 hours before 45ppm sulfur addition. Hard press was not sulfured. Ambient yeast fermentations began with pied de cuve in warming steel. Lots were then transferred with solids to new, once fill and twice fill Damy puncheons. Both blocks completed primary and malolactic within four to eight weeks, and lees were not stirred. After one year in puncheon, a blend including each lot was made in steel of 50 Block B and 50% Block E, from 650% new, 26% once-filled and 24% twice-filled puncheons. After six months in steel, the 2021 Seven Springs will be bottled 2/28/23 under DIAM 10 cork. No fining or filtration.
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