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Evesham Wood

Owner(s) Erin Nuccio, Jordan Nuccio
Web site www.eveshamwood.com
 
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Evesham Wood

Russell Raney’s career in wine began as a winemaker in Germany and subsequently he worked in retail and as a wine buyer for a wholesale company in the United States. He was attracted to Pinot Noir but found few examples in the 1980s worth getting excited about. He decided to craft his own Pinot Noir and began a search for an appropriate setting in North America. He settled on Oregon’s Eola Hills west of Salem and founded his label in 1986. He named his winery Evesham Wood after the Vale of Evesham in the Cotswold Hills of England because the site bore a resemblance to this part of the English countryside.

Farming of the 13-acre estate vineyard, named Le Puits Sec (“The Dry Well”), has been organic from the start and the vineyard was certified organic by Oregon Tilth in 2000 (the winery is also certified organic). The vineyard is dry-farmed and Raney is a firm believer in avoiding irrigation of vineyards after the vines are established if the climate is conducive. Raney says, “Once the vines are into production our feeling is, in addition to wastefulness, the wines that are created from irrigated sites - they may be quite nice wines - are often less distinctive and tend to be very similar from year to year. This is because they’re trying to give the vines, by way of irrigation, the same amounts of water each year.” Raney is a member of the Deep Roots coalition, an advocacy group for wines produced exclusively from non-irrigated vines.

Raney has been heavily influenced by Burgundian winemaking techniques and two of his former distant mentors were the famous Henri Jayer of Vosne-Romanee and the less well-known, but equally accomplished, Michelle Niellon. Raney’s admiration for the French is shown in the French names he uses for his wines. Production is kept small (less than 5,000 cases of primarily Pinot Noir and Chardonnay). Raney is committed to elegance and restraint, to balance and expression of terroir, what I refer to as “pinotosity.” Evesham Wood wines are never fruit bombs, even in a warm vintage like 2006. These are connoisseur's wines.

In July, 2010, Russ and Mary Raney sold Evesham Wood and the estate vineyard, Le Puits Sec, to Erin and Jordan Nuccio of Haden Fig Wines. After 24 years, the Raneys wanted to retire and spend more time at their home in France. Erin has worked at Evesham Wood since 2007. Raney will continue to consult for a few years and Erin claims that "nothing will change since our winemaking and vineyard management philosophies are virtually identical." Erin's first vintage was 2010.

Evesham Wood Vineyards and Winery is located at 3795 Wallace Rd NW in Salem. Visitors are welcome for tours and tasting by appointment. 503-371-8478. Open houses are held on Memorial Day weekend and the weekend before Thanksgiving each year. The wines are in wide retail distribution. Call the winery for direct sales.

Reviewed Wines

2010 Evesham Wood Ilahe Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., 150 cases, $30. Release November 2012. A single vineyard barrel selection produced since 2007. Primarily Pommard clone. · Moderately rich array of darker berry fruit with an earthy undertone. Chewy, with firm tannins, and quite restrained at this stage. Good. Reviewed September 12, 2012 ARTICLE »

2010 Evesham Wood Mahonia Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.2% alc., 100 cases, $30. Retro Evesham Wood label. Old vines planted on volcanic soil. Aged in 20% new French oak. · Moderately deep reddish-purple color in the glass. Very unique nose offering aromas of black stone fruits, spice and violets. Slightly muscular, with forceful tannins still dominating the fruit. Needs several years in the cellar. Good. Reviewed September 12, 2012 ARTICLE »

2010 Evesham Wood Temperance Hill Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., 100 cases, $30. Release November 2012. Retro label. From a block planted in 1982. Aged in neutral barrels. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Lovely nose, smelling of a field replete with spring flowers, and a medley of well-spiced stone fruits. Luscious core of dark red cherries with subtle cedary oak flavors folded in nicely. A special wine that is quite approachable now. Very good (+). Reviewed September 12, 2012 ARTICLE »

2010 Evesham Wood Le Puits Sec Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., 500 cases, $36. Release September 2012. · One of the truly great Pinot Noirs of Oregon and a ridiculous value. At this year’s IPNC, I was tasting this wine alongside wine critic Josh Raynolds, and as we sampled the wine, we just looked at each other and shook our head. The epitome of Pinot Noir, with all the elegance and class that you want from this grape, packing plenty of depth of flavor that only old vines can give, and ending with a magnificent finish. Very good (+). If you buy only one Pinot Noir from Oregon’s 2010 vintage, this would be a good choice. Reviewed September 12, 2012 ARTICLE »

2010 Evesham Wood Le Puits Sec Eola-Amity Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., $36. Unfiltered. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Aromas of cherries, balsam and spice lead to a refreshing and bright mouthful of crisp red berry, red plum and red raspberry fruit with a hint of herbs in the background. Elegantly styled with soft, delicate tannins, lively acidity, and an appealing kiss of cherry on the finish. Not quite as good as other bottles I have sampled, but still Very Good. Reviewed November 24, 2012 ARTICLE »

2010 Evesham Wood Cuvée J Eola-Amity Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., 150 cases. $44. Exclusively from Le Puits Sec Vineyard. Aged in 40% new French oak. Unfiltered. · Moderately light purple color in the glass. Wonderfully perfumed with fresh scents of black cherries, briar, compost, rose petal and spice. Well-endowed with attention-getting flavors of black cherries, kirsch and spice. Riper with more body, more structural bones, and less noticeable acidity than the Le Puits Sec bottling. Incredible length on the generous finish. Very age worthy. A real crowd pleaser and one of the best wines I have sampled from Oregon in this vintage. Reviewed November 24, 2012 ARTICLE »

2009 Evesham Wood Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., 1,650 cases, $14.79 (full retail $18). Produced from sustainably grown grapes in non-irrigated vineyards (Illahe, Eola Springs, Hidden Rocks and Mahonia). Aged 11 months in 10% new French oak barrels. Unfiltered. · Light in color with a reddish hue. Good aroma volume of strawberries, cherries, sandalwood and dried red rose petals. Tasty core of red berries, red cherries and red plums with a respectable mid palate attack. Elegantly styled and forward drinking with a cherry-filled and refreshing finish. Typical reserved but charming Evesham Wood style. Very good and a steal at this price. (The 2010 vintage of this wine has been released) Reviewed November 2, 2011 ARTICLE »

2009 Evesham Wood Illahe Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., $30. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Aromas of oak-kissed black cherries. Bright and juicy with a core of earth-toned black cherries and raspberries with an underpinning of oak, tutti-fruity, and spice. Elegant with an uplifting finish. Needs time to full integrate the oak. Very good. Reviewed May 11, 2012 ARTICLE »

2009 Evesham Wood Temperance Hill Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Oregon Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., $30. · Moderately light reddish-purple hue in the glass. A series of ever-changing aromas rise out of the glass including ripe dark cherries, fresh raspberry tart, sassafras and Herbs de Provence. The flavors echo the nose with a noticeable savory bent of pine, leaf and bramble. Plenty of nuance and character with remarkable aromatic persistence on the finish. Still great the next day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Very good (+). Reviewed May 11, 2012 ARTICLE »

2009 Evesham Wood Le Puits Sec Eola-Amity Hills Oregon Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., $36. From the 13-acre estate vineyard planted in 1986. Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth. · Moderately light reddish-purple hue in the glass. Brooding aromas of dark cherries and berries with riffs of forest floor and oak. The lightest weighted wine reviewed here, but plenty of signature Pinot flavors of dark cherries, plums, cassis and sage. Soft tannins with likable finesse, finishing bright and citrus-laden. Very good (+). Reviewed May 11, 2012 ARTICLE »

2009 Evesham Wood Cuvée “J” Eola-Amity Hills Oregon Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., $44. Made from organic grapes, Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth. Non-irrigated vineyards. Unfiltered. · Moderately light reddishpurple color in the glass. Plenty of Pinot singing on the nose with vivid aromas of black cherries, raspberries and a hint of herbs and spring bouquet. A cherry bombast with the slightest hint of herbs and oak in the background that supports rather than detracts. Impressive mid palate intensity with well-balanced t n’ a. A classy wine that is seamless and seductive. Still fine the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Reviewed May 11, 2012 ARTICLE »

2009 Evesham Wood Cuvée “J” Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir

$44. Release November 2012. A reserve barrel selection from Le Puits Sec Vineyard. Primarily estate fruit. Aged in 40% new French oak. · The additional oak adds more structure to this wine which is nicely fruited with exotic spice accents. Smooth on the palate with an extraordinarily long finish. This beauty will be the showpiece of a special dinner after a few years in the cellar. Very good. Reviewed September 12, 2012 ARTICLE »

2008 Bruno Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13% alc., $14.50. A second label for Evesham Wood. · Slightly sweet aromas of cherries, berries and violets. Mediumweighted core of berry fruit with brown spice accents, a soft texture, minimal tannins, and a clean bright finish. A daily drinker. Decent. Reviewed January 22, 2010 ARTICLE »

2008 Evesham Wood Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., $15. Unfiltered. · Demurely scented nose of strawberries, baking spice and a hint of cedar showing more intensity with time in the glass. Tasty core of strawberry, cranberry and cherry fruit in the redder spectrum. Light in weight and elegantly crafted. A highly approachable back porch wine. Decent (+). Reviewed November 29, 2009 ARTICLE »

2007 Evesham Wood Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., 225 cases. $20.95. 65% Hill Vineyard and 35% Bryn Mawr Vineyard which is close by. Aged in 10% new French oak barrels and bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Reserved scents of cherries, peaches, herbs and hay. Light and elegant cherry and strawberry fruit with some structural power due to modest tannins. A thoroughly enjoyable value-priced Pinot Noir that gets the job done. Reviewed May 7, 2009 ARTICLE »

2007 Evesham Wood La Grive Bleue Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., 300 cases, $24.95. Made from the Evesham Wood estate vineyard which is a younger (12-year-old vines) part of the vineyard planted to clones 114 and 777. Ripest fruit on the estate in 2007. Aged 15 months in 15% new French oak barrels and bottled without fining or filtration. · The fruit comes in waves on the nose. Medium weighted red Pinot fruits on the palate with a little citrus note and subtle oak riff on the back end. Tasty and smoothly textured. A little more oomph and character than the regular Eola-Amity Hills bottling. Reviewed May 7, 2009 ARTICLE »

2007 Evesham Wood Le Puits Sec Eola-Amity Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., $30. From organic grapes grown on non-irrigated vineyards. Unfiltered. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Restrained nose with faint red fruits, oak and a floral note. Light and elegant on the palate featuring spiced raspberries and cranberries and a touch of green herbs. Bright acidity creates a refreshing finish. Understated and feminine, with enough charm to satisfy. Very good. Reviewed November 29, 2009 ARTICLE »

2006 Evesham Wood Cuvée J Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., 171 cases, $44.95. This is Raney’s top Pinot Noir created for cellaring. Sourced exclusively from the estate vineyard, Le Puits Sec, with the fruit from the older Pommard section of the vineyard. Aged in 50% new French oak barrels and bottled without fining or filtration. · Riper and darker fruit highlighted with flavors of root beer, cola, marzipan and tea. This wine has a glass-filling presence yet retains an admirable elegance. The mouth feel is refined and the finish is remarkably persistent. The balance is spot on portending a long life ahead. Impressive effort. Reviewed May 7, 2009 ARTICLE »