The Cuvee J from Evesham wood is one of the most classic Oregon Pinot's made. This wine has tell-tale Burgundy inspiration, and similarities to wines from the Village of Volnay can undoubtedly be seen. The Pinot Noir is sourced from the best six rows of the Le Puits Sec Vineyard in Eola-Amity Hills, 80% of which was planted in 1986 and the remaining in 1991, all on their own root stalks, giving some excellent vine age. It is a densely planted vineyard that grows on Nekia and Jory soils which is dry-farmed and organic. The yeast used for fermentation was cultivated from an old bottle of Henri Jayer Echezeaux, which is one of the signatures of the Cuvee J. This wine sees 25% new French oak with only 150 cases made annually. The 2018 has aromas of red and blue fruits, flowers, spice, game, minerals, and a savory note that gives way to a bright and racy palate with incredible energy and focus with a long finish with lots of dry extract. It has been our favorite Oregon Pinot Noir for the past decade, and we recently tried a bottle of 2015, which is cut from the same cloth. A classic and exceptional example of Oregon Pinot Noir.
James Suckling 94 pts! Aromas of dark cherries, redcurrants, plums, dried roses, cedar and cloves. It’s medium-bodied with fine tannins. Structured, with a velvety texture. Savory character with fresh acidity and a flavorful, vibrant finish with fantastic length. From organically grown grapes. Drink or hold.