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 Vintage2011 Label 1 of 8 
ProducerEvesham Wood (web)
VarietyPinot Noir
SubRegionWillamette Valley
AppellationWillamette Valley
UPC Code(s)180225000044

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2012 and 2015 (based on 5 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 88.7 pts. and median of 89 pts. in 43 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by phannenstiel on 6/6/2015 & rated 90 points: Great vino with salmon (182 views)
 Tasted by robmillis on 11/30/2014 & rated 88 points: Light, clean pinot. Very clearly Willamette Valley terroir. Cola, raspberry, cranberry. Drink now.

Wish this had a little something to ground it, or wish I'd poured it cold in the summer as refreshment. (789 views)
 Tasted by bboard on 9/8/2014: PnP, wine needed 15mins to vent off funky smell. For $21, its probably good QPR if someone looking for intro to oregon pinot noir. Simple yet has the right oregon pinot characteristic. Personally I would pay up for a more complex oregon pinot, but it serves its purpose over a simple family dinner. Would love to try the 2012 vintage (1118 views)
 Tasted by bajayngo on 9/2/2014: This is the benchmark for pinot for me and would be the wine I would introduce someone new to pinot with. The great forest floor, mushroom, peat moss, with tart cranberry, raspberry fruit on a elegant frame. Great with or without food. (1132 views)
 Tasted by bajayngo on 2/28/2014 & rated 90 points: Always enjoyable, same as previous notes of this vintage. (1960 views)
 Tasted by bajayngo on 2/9/2014 & rated 90 points: Always love this wine. Pure OR pinot with forrest floor, mushrooms, tart strawberry, raspberry and cranberries. Some more earthiness and a steely note. Great balance and terrific with salmon. (1936 views)
 Tasted by jset22 on 2/7/2014 & rated 88 points: Easy drinking high QPR (1506 views)
 Tasted by spirosp on 1/25/2014 & rated 87 points: Rather thin and acidic. Not much fruit. Showing the affects of the 2011 vintage at this entry level wine. (1329 views)
 Tasted by DSP on 10/29/2013 & rated 88 points: Lovely nose of spiced strawberries. Initially somewhat tight, but opens up quickly with air to reveal tart cherry flavors with a pleasing spherical texture. Acid-driven. Very pleasant wine, if a bit simple. (1784 views)
 Tasted by Ron Felthoven on 9/23/2013: Opened it up and it was very tight and closed. Sat in the fridge for about a week (I forgot about it) and as it warmed it was still in good shape. Still pretty tight -- let these sit longer. (1511 views)
 Tasted by cliffkol on 7/12/2013 & rated 87 points: Somewhat ordinary. Thin color and thin flavors. A middle-of-the-road lightweight. (1628 views)
 Tasted by jset22 on 5/26/2013 & rated 85 points: Decent QPR. On the light side w a decent mix of earth, spice and tart dark fruit. But overall just decent for me. (1578 views)
 Tasted by bajayngo on 5/3/2013: Falling in love with these. Very cool earthy, mineral funk think going on with classic tart strawberry and raspberry fruits, spicy, great acids and just a nice framework. Great structure from start to finish. Will get more for sure. (1907 views)
 Tasted by epiphany on 4/19/2013 & rated 90 points: Quality wine, and one of the best I have tasted for $20. Will buy more for the cellar. (1330 views)
 Tasted by jshearer on 3/20/2013 & rated 89 points: Pleasantly surprised. Better integration and less shrill than when first tasted in Fall 2012. This delivers good QPR for entry-level Pinot Noir from an "artisan" producer. Enticingly soft floral nose with spice and tart red fruit. Red fruit on the palate with just a hint of sour. Maybe a touch of earth or mushroom as well. Good acid and then what feels like skin/stem tannins come in and dry things out without being abrasive. I predict this will improve over the next year or two. (1342 views)
 Tasted by bajayngo on 2/15/2013 & rated 90 points: This might be the best value I have found to date for Pinot Noir. Pretty nose of cranberry, strawberry, fresh nutmeg, orange zest, mushrooms, earth and mineral. Elegant on the palate with tart, bright, fresh fruit and acid notes. Went well with gourmet turkey burgers on artisan bread and roasted brussel sprouts. I will buy more for sure. (1383 views)
 Tasted by Orlandus on 2/9/2013 & rated 91 points: Excellent example of Willamette style: basically light, with subtle complexity and very easy and pleasant to drink. There is so much mediocre pinot noir out there; it's nice to find an exception like this at an appealing price. Recommended. (1131 views)
 Tasted by AlexGarner on 2/9/2013 & rated 91 points: Littorai, Burn Cottage and Evesham Wood tasting (Prince Wine Store - Bank Street): The wine presents delicate florals up front and the overall profile is very spicy with full tannins to back it up. (1486 views)
 Tasted by cliffkol on 12/24/2012 & rated 87 points: Bright cherries in a light body. Still tannic, acidic. A decent company wine but would not go out of my way for more of this vintage. (1346 views)
 Tasted by Ron Felthoven on 12/4/2012: Still a little rough around the edges, but it will smooth out. A charming little wine that fits the bill on any weeknight. Bright red fruit and good acid, trademarks of this wine year in and year out. (1398 views)
 Tasted by mreinitz on 11/24/2012 & rated 86 points: This was the least popular of the five pinots we opened for Thanksgiving. Light-bodied and fairly acidic. Went well with the turkey, but not a great wine to drink on its own. (1243 views)
 Tasted by Traxx on 10/31/2012: Really drinking pretty well at the moment, especially if you're a fan of the brighter pinot style. Quite high acid, I could see that being an issue for some, I enjoy it. Quite great value for the money, happy to have found a daily drinker pinot, again, from Evesham. (1348 views)
 Tasted by Ron Felthoven on 10/29/2012 & rated 87 points: What a damn fine example of a delicious value pinot noir. Good acidity and body with some raspberry and dark cherry. I prefer wines a bit on the tart side, which this is. (1343 views)
 Tasted by drwine2001 on 10/4/2012: Willamette Valley Pinot Noir (Mostly 2010) (Arlequin Wine Merchant, San Francisco): Medium to light color. Bright cherry and some toasty oak on the nose. Simple and monochromatic. Although weightier than any of the wines that preceded it, oddly, more disjointed feel rather than any lushness with a tart, raspy finish. I really didn't care for this. (1622 views)
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Evesham Wood

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Our Philosophy
At Evesham Wood, small is beautiful.To maintain a high level of quality, we rely on two basic principles: obtaining optimally ripe low-yield fruit from the best possible sites in our area, and using minimal intervention in the winemaking process. We feel that this is the surest way to create wines which express their unique heritage. For example, our Pinot Noirs and vineyard-designated Chardonnays are not filtered prior to bottling, so as to preserve texture and flavor complexity. Our main sources of inspiration and advice have come from two of Burgundy's top small producers: the legendary Henri Jayer (Vosne-Romanée), and Michel Niellon (Chassagne-Montrachet). Even if, as "new world" vintners, we aren't ashamed to admit that we strive for certain subtle aspects of great Côte d'Or Pinot and Chardonnay, we appreciate the fact that there will always be identifiable Eola Hills' characteristics in our wines, distinguishing them from every other region of the world.

In order to realize the goal of emphasizing the uniqueness of our terroir (and thus our wines), in 2000 Evesham Wood obtained organic certification of Le Puits Sec vineyard. With the enactment of federal regulations governing organic certification in 2002 (the USDA's National Organic Program), our winery processing was certified as well. Additionally, we are charter members of DRC (Deep Roots Coalition), a group of local growers/producers which advocates the use of natural methods in the vineyard and cellar, especially the harvesting of grapes exclusively from non-irrigated vineyards (thus forcing the vine's roots to grow deeper into the soil). Indeed, we feel that the concept of terroir would have little validity in an irrigated vineyard.

At Evesham Wood it is not our objective to produce wines with mass appeal. This is due in part to the fact that Pinot Noir and Chardonnay want, more than any other noble grape varieties, to reflect their origins in terroir and winemaking approach. Both of these attributes would be diminished by an excessively manipulative approach You may also notice that we don't post wine reviews from national publications on our site. Although we do submit samples (when requested) to a few wine writers, we feel that it may be counterproductive to post their reviews, even when favorable, because the wines reviewed are more often than not already in short supply, thus forcing us to turn away some unhappy customers.

Pinot Noir

Varietal character (Appellation America) | Varietal article (Wikipedia)
Pinot Noir is the Noble red grape of Burgundy, capable of ripening in a cooler climate, which Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot will not reliably do. It is unpredictable and difficult both to grow and to vinify, but results in some of the finest reds in the world. It is believed to have been selected from wild vines two thousand years ago. It is also used in the production of champagne. In fact, more Pinot Noir goes into Champagne than is used in all of the Cote d'Or! It is also grown in Alsace, Germany, the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Croatia, Serbia, Italy, Austria, and so forth, with varying degrees of success.


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