Wine Advocate 91 points - Cinnamon and fresh ginger, sassafras, lemon oil and smoky black tea pungently and invigoratingly accent cherry in the nose infectiously juicy palate of Evesham Wood’s 2011 Pinot Noir Le Puits Sec, which as usual incorporates most of the estate’s Pommard vines. There is textural polish here that was missing from this year’s two less-expensive Pinot bottlings, and a vibrant ping and ringing persistence of fruit and spice, with dark shadings of burley tobacco and humus adding further to the complexity adumbrated on the nose. Look for delicious versatility and continued vivacity from this fine value through at least 2020. (Oct 2013)
Evesham Wood was founded in 1986 by a German winemaker named Russell Raney. After moving to Oregonís Eola-Hills he began producing Burgundian and Alsatian varietals from the 13 acre Le Puits Sec estate vineyard and nearby properties.
Le Puits Sec is dry-farmed and was certified organic in 2000. As a member of the Deep Roots coalition, Raney does not irrigate. Mentored by Burgundian winemakers, Henri Jayer and Michel Niellon, Raney crafts wines that emphasize elegance, restraint and terroir.
In July 2010, Russ and Mary Raney sold Evesham Wood to Erin and Jordan Nuccio of Haden Fig Wines. Erin has worked at Evesham Wood since 2007 and given that Raney will continue to consult, Erin believes that, ”Nothing will change since our winemaking and vineyard management philosophies are virtually identical.”