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Evesham Wood Pinot noir Willamette Valley 2011
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The best value in American Pinot noir. The wine I buy and drink more of than any other Oregon Pinot. I could leave the descriptors alone, but why not include a little silver-tongued prose: awesome aromas of cherries and forest segue into a vibrant red cherry burst, adding a layer of warm, mixed berry tart. Pinches of blue berry and white pepper round out the finish. I'll buy cases (I lost track after 4 last year), hold them for 9 months or so, then plow through them. This will continue to drink well for years, despite its downright cheap price. - Marcus
The 2011 is sourced from Illahe, Eola Springs, Ash Creek (next door to, and farmed by Illahe), and Hidden Rocks vineyards.
below, Marcus and winemaker Erin Nuccio
Not only is this wine perhaps the best Pinot Noir deal out there, it also represents the perfect balance of red fruit perfume, bright fruit tones, crisp minerality and an overall succulence that just begs for food. You'll want to do yourself a favor at the holidays and see how a fresh cranberry riding on a slice of turkey brings it to the next level. - Jean
When you have a crush, you can't get enough - you can't enough Evesham Willamette Valley.
Unmistakably Evesham Wood on the nose, they have one of the most distinct aromatic profiles of any Oregon winery. I've tried to put it into words over the years, but words don't do Evesham Wood wines justice. The two best words are "rustic elegance." Sure, there's dark cherries and fresh blackberries mixing with earth and delicate herbs, but it's more than that. It's multi-case material. - Marcus
From winemaker, Erin Nuccio - "When I hear '2010' it gives me a 'tetch.' It was a tough, tough, tough vintage. We had small yields. We essentially harvested 3/4 of our entire crop in 3 days as opposed to taking three weeks. But it worked! Really well! The 2010 Willamette Valley Pinot noir is ageworthy but it's showing great now. I'm ecstatic about this wine."
Evesham Wood Wine's first release of the vintage is always the Willamette Valley. Great structured acidity and fruit forward, typical of the 09 growing season. Sourced form the Mahonia, Hidden Rocks, Eola Springs, and Illahe vineyards.
2009 Vintage Tasting Notes
The most generous, round and creamy Willamette Valley pinot noir from Evesham in many years. Rich and ripe, it offers aromas of red cherry, raspberry, and a hint of dried herbs. Round and plush, silky red currant, raspberry and pie cherry fruit flavors are accented by hints of spice and herbs. Deep, concentrated, balanced, it's a good-time Pinot to drink now through 2012. - Jean
A blend of grapes from Illahe, Eola Springs, and Hidden Rocks Vineyards.
From the winery -
The 2009 vintage in the Willamette produced fairly soft and elegant pinot noir - perhaps the best analogy would be a riper and richer version of the 2007 wines, with good varietal character and pie cherry tones.
Fruit sourced 40% from Illahe Vyd. (coast range foot hills), 30% Eola Springs Vyd. and 30% (combined) from: Hidden Rocks Estate, Crowley Station, and Greenwood Vineyards, all in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA. TA 5.6 g/L, pH 3.57, alc. 13.95%.
As with all our pinot noir bottlings, the fruit was sorted, crushed gently with ca. 30% whole berries, and fermented for 18-21 days before pressing, in either 400 gal. plastic bins or 1000+ gal. ss vats. The wine was bottled without filtration following 2 rackings in August 2010.
San Francisco Chronicle's Jon Bonne singled out the Willamette Valley 09 as one of the best value wines worldwide and said:
Tastes like: $31
What: Serious Oregon Pinot for a blink-twice price.
Why: This tiny Salem-based label, founded by Russ and Mary Raney in 1986, has always been a semi-secret choice for those who want real Oregon drinking without an overabundance of winemaking. The blend takes in a range of Willamette Valley sites (the 2009 is all from the Eola-Amity Hills area) but always shows off a lighter, aromatic style of Pinot. It's a tribute to keeping Pinot affordable even amid its star shot. Though the Raneys sold last summer to Erin and Jordan Nuccio, I expect that Evesham will continue as one of those wise insiders' bets.
2008 Vintage Tasting Notes
Swirling the Evesham Wood Willamette Valley Pinot noir 08 in the glass and taking a first big breath - cedar, red raspberry, nutmeg, slippery elm, and a hint of lavender arise. Subsequent inhales add rose petal, incense, and herbs to the mix.
A first sip boasts juicy red raspberry and red cherry flavors. Savoring the experience, sweet nutmeg, cinnamon, white pepper, licorice, and cranberry emerge. At the edge of perception, wisps of lavender fields, tiny wild roses, moss, and earth add threads of flavor to the wine fabric's weft. White pepper and cedar persist in the finish. - Jean
2007 Vintage Tasting Notes
Mind-bogglingly good for the price. The 2007 Evesham Wood Willamette Valley Pinot noir has rich aromas of red fruit with cinnamon and rose flecks. Sun-ripened raspberries gush on your palate, balanced by pie cherries and cranberries. Perfectly balanced for 3-5 years of cellaring, but very tasty right now!
Undeniably one of Oregon's classic Pinot noir producers, Evesham Wood delivers exquisite complexity and flavor. And the prices are humbling. One of the best under $20 Pinot noirs anywhere. Russ Raney is one of Oregon's treasures, making finely crafted, Burgundian styled Pinots year after year.
2005 Vintage Tasting Notes>
This rendition of our Willamette Valley bottling is a slight departure from recent bottlings, in that a substantial portion of the fruit (ca. 40%) now derives from Ford Vineyard, an excellent young vineyard just NE and slightly downhill from Freedom Hill Vineyard in the foothills of the Coast Range. The wine does share with past vintages though a pronounced black cherry fruit and considerable viscosity. It has the firmness and concentration of the 2004 vintage yet with a "jammy" quality and a surprisingly bright fruit acid. Theh other sources of fruit for this year's blend are Mahonia Vineyard (35%) and Eola Springs Vineyard (25%). After fermentation, the wine was aged in ca. 80% older French oak barrels and 20% in stainless steel tank. It was racked gently off the sediment twice for clarity prior to bottling in August 2005 and was not filtered.- the winery
Oregonian's Matt Kramer says: "....Oregon pinot noir insiders have long known that Evesham Wood offers some of the state's best pinot noirs at prices well below what other producers of similar (or even lesser) quality ask. This brand-new release is yet another example of why Evesham Wood is surely one of Oregon's greatest pinot noir producers."
"The price is a bargain in top-drawer Oregon pinot noir. Get it while you can, as Evesham Wood pinots have a passionate following." - Matt Kramer
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