La Source: Oregon’s Grand Cru
Pinot Noir may be synonymous with Oregon, but our vineyard’s best kept secret is Chardonnay. Hailing from a small parcel of old vines comes the incomparable 2018 La Source Chardonnay.
If any vineyard in Oregon is responsible for the great Chardonnay awakening, it is our very own Seven Springs Vineyard. From just 14 rows of Chardonnay vines at the heart of the vineyard comes one of the greatest white wines in the history of this still very young winegrowing region. Power and focus, density and freshness; the 2018 La Source Chardonnay is a truly decadent wine.
Erin Brooks of Wine Advocate describes the wine as having aromas of struck match and flint that take time to open to notes of golden apples, baklava, and floral perfume. The 2018 vintage of this wine ultimately received a stunning 93 points.
A Look Back on La Source
You may be wondering how a small corner of a vineyard manifests itself into an iconic wine year after year. We invite you to dive into our library vintages and revisit two epic years of La Source.
According to Wine Spectator, the 2016 vintage of La Source Pinot Noir is refined, seamlessly complex, and received an impressive 94-point score. Contrasting the rich and luscious 2016 vintage, the pure and crystalline 2017 vintage showcases just how remarkably these vineyard blocks perform in dramatically different growing seasons. We believe that this is the mark of truly great terroir. With time in bottle, both wines have blossomed and are offering up a tremendous drinking experience right now.
Our 2017 La Source Chardonnay is described by Decanter as superbly balanced and ageworthy, with an ability to withstand a decade or more in the cellar. The wine received a 95-point score—only a few bottles remain!