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Evesham Wood Le Puits Sec Pinot Noir 2016 750ml
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Evesham Wood Le Puits Sec Pinot Noir 2016

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Located in Oregon’s Wilamette Valley and planted in 1986 to eight acres of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer, the estate vineyard at Evesham Wood, “Les Puits Sec”, has been certified organic since 2000. Since then it has expanded to include an additional 4.5 acres, all of which are farmed using the membership guidelines sanctioned by Deep Roots Coalition (DRC), a group of local growers/producers that advocate the use of natural methods in the vineyard and cellar, including dry farming. “The concept of terroir would have little validity in an irrigated vineyard,” writes Russ and Mary Raney, who founded the Evesham Wood in 1986. In 2010, the Raneys sold Evesham Wood to Erin and Jordan Nuccio (of Haden Fig Wines), though the Raneys continue to live in close proximity to the estate, as they also continue to consult on the growing and natural winemaking at Evesham Wood. Situated on a low terrace that resides at 300-420 feet elevation, “Les Puits Sec” is east-facing and tightly planted on the eastern side of the Eola-Amity Hills ridge. Known to possess one of Oregon’s best micro-climates for producing fine wines from Burgundian and Alsatian varietals, “Spring Valley”, as the area is known, is home to volcanic basalt soils. The vineyard is one of the few dry-farmed sites in the Valley and has been farmed organically from the start. In addition to their estate fruit, supplemental Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes are purchased from six nearby low-yielding vineyards, some of who have been providing fruit to Evesham Wood since its inception in 1986. Practicing minimal intervention in the vineyard and cellar, the winery here obtained organic certification in 2002. Temperance Hill Vineyard was one of the first vineyards that laid roots for Eveshsam Wood (it is for this that the label is a throwback to the original label of Evesham Wood). The vineyard sits at high elevation (800-900 feet) way above anything else in the Eola Amity Hills. The upper block that Evesham Wood gets is planted to old vine own rooted Pommard clone Pinot Noir. The Illahe Vineyard was the first site that Russ and Mary Raney looked to purchase in Oregon. The site is a beautiful mix of Jory and Basalt soils and holds a special place in the heart of the brand. There are a few other spots that Erin pulls from for the wines. Fruit from their Estate and select single vineyards compile the blends for the Eola Amity Hill Pinot Noir and Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. Wines are fermented in 1 ½ ton open top fermenter. 2-3 day cold soak. Mostly neutral French Oak with the exception of Cuvee J which is 50% new barrels. Cuvee J is a selection of 6 of the best barrels from the Puits Sec Vineyard each year.

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Brilliant scarlet color. Spice-tinged black raspberry and cherry scents are complicated by suggestions of potpourri, musky earth and smoky minerals. Sweet and expansive on the palate, offering chewy red/dark berry, bitter cherry and violet pastille flavors that are lifted and given spine by a core of zesty acidity. Finishes with bright, mineral punch, building tannins and impressive, spice- and floral-driven persistence. (15% new French oak).June/2019

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Medium ruby, the 2016 Pinot Noir le Puits Sec has a nose of charcuterie, tar, dried flowers, saline and peppercorn with a core of warm blackberries, red and black cherries and blueberry hints. The palate is medium-bodied, silky and savory with a chalky frame and good freshness, finishing long and nuanced. This will benefit from another year in bottle. 475 cases produced.

April 23, 2020

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