One of the top Addresses in Oregon, we love the wines from Evesham Wood as one of the more traditional and Burgundian-inspired addresses. A small estate founded by Russ Raney in 1996 in the Eola Amity Hills, the key to this winery is sourcing some of the best low-yielding fruit in the Willamette Valley and making sure the wines are appropriately cared for with a non-interventionalist approach. These wines are a brilliant display of the Oregon terroir showing excellent purity and character, and aren't purely about big fruit.
We've offered Le Puits Sec a few times, but we have a lovely back vintage today from this excellent vineyard. This is also where their "Cuvee J" is sourced from and certified organic and sustainably farmed.
Le Puit Sec (pictured below) has one of the best climates in Oregon for Burgundian Varieties, with shallow soil that naturally limits yields giving the wine intensity and complexity. 2015 was a very focused year for this wine thanks to a near-perfect growing season for the Willamette Valley, which saw an excellent quality of fruit, and this wine shows an abundance of flowers, herbs, spices, and a beautiful core of fruit.
Thanks to Evesham holding some of these bottles back and releasing them later, we are all able to enjoy this excellent wine without waiting though it still has the structure to spend time in the cellar. Give it a little time to open up, and if you don't finish it on day one, this wine tends to get better on day two.
Burghound 93 pts! "A more restrained nose features notes of briar, red and dark berries along with whiffs of Asian-style tea and orange peel. There is once again good vibrancy to the beautifully delineated and somewhat denser medium weight flavors that possess good power that really comes up on the notably more structured, powerful and longer finish. As is usually the case with this wine, it is robust and bold yet not really rustic. I would again point out that it's hard to find comparable quality at the price point. (Drink starting 2025)"
Vinous (Josh Raynolds) 93 pts! "Vivid red. Assertive raspberry, incense, spicecake and floral scents are complemented by building suggestions of cola and musky earth. Silky and energetic on the palate, offering appealingly sweet red fruit liqueur, lavender pastille and spicecake flavors that possess a compelling blend of depth and vivacity. Shows outstanding clarity and floral drive on a strikingly long finish that features velvety tannins and a hint of Chambord. (Drink between 2021 - 2028)"