Big day at Avalon HQ: the long-awaited Vinous Willamette Valley Pinot report was published. How did the Valley do? A record-setting report is a succinct summary! There are so many incredible reviews for wines and wineries we love that we didn't know where to begin. So, we brought it back to one of our favorite wineries which we know has become one of our customers' favorites, too: Evesham Wood. 95 points for Cuvee J and 94 points each for Le Puits Sec and Temperance Hill 2019!
In addition to the stellar reviews, what's special about Evesham's 2019s? We turn to winemaker Erin Nuccio's words because we've not heard him celebrate a vintage in the same way: "A beautiful balance was achieved leaning towards cooler vintage drinking wines with bright acidity, focus and elegance, but with some core ripe fruit mixed in. It’s no secret I prefer wines from cooler growing seasons but they often need a few months to a year for the mid-palate to plump up and gain some weight. Not the 2019s. Beautiful elegance combines with an instantly gratifying mid-palate. I think these may be very long-term aging wines as well."
As we advised you when we sent our original offer, the 19's have sold more quickly than any previous vintage of Evesham Wood. Grab them while you can.
$53.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($59.95 regular)
95 points Vinous: "Red berry preserves, kirsch and pungent flowers on the nose, along with building Asian spice, incense and smoky mineral flourishes. Shows impressive depth and sharp definition on the palate, offering spice-laced red and blue fruit liqueur, candied rose and black tea flavors that pick up mineral and blood orange nuances with air. Finishes extremely long and precise, with polished tannins providing shape and grip to lingering raspberry and five-spice powder notes."
Us: Cuvee J 2019 is a wonderful paradox: it is the most age-worthy six barrels from Evesham's Le Puits Sec vineyard yet it is the showiest of the new releases. It's impossibly irresistible because it brings together bright and dark tones, cool and cerebral dimensions, sultry and succulent instincts into a silky, electric masterpiece.
Yes, it's all that. And that's why it is one of the literal handful of Willamette Valley Pinot noirs we advise you to buy every vintage. In 2019, the elegance of the vintage shines through in J; this is classic Pinot noir in a classic vintage. That's what so many winemakers were excitedly telling us since the grapes were barely off the vines. We recommend buying enough so that you can open one (or six!) now and experience it over a few days. We've done it with two bottles already, still finding beauty on day five. And buy some for the future because J consistently rewards age. Only 145 cases made.
$39.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($44.95 regular)
94 points Vinous: "Expansive aromas of raspberry, boysenberry, pungent flowers and Moroccan spices, along with a smoky mineral overtone. Stains the palate with vibrant red and blue fruit preserve, candied violet, allspice and mocha flavors that slowly deepen through the back half. Shows fine definition and floral lift on a very long, smooth finish framed by harmonious tannins."
Us: As you know, we pride ourselves on writing our own tasting notes. As we sketched the 2019 Le Puits Sec notes we read what winemaker Erin Nuccio wrote about it and just about fainted. Erin does not hype his own wines; he is notoriously understated and even when we tell him how much we love one of his wines, his response is a grin. With that background, check out his Le Puits Sec '19 note:
"What a gorgeous wine. The nose jumps out of the glass with concentrated aromas of plum, violet and berries. That lift and concentration carries through as the mixed berries become even more concentrated while beautifully balanced bright acidity leads to moderate tannins on the finish. This is why I came to Le Puits Sec in 2007 and never left."
We've never seen or heard Erin speak of a Le Puits Sec Pinot noir like this so we've taken note and you should, too. By the way–he's right. Only 269 cases made.
$35.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($39.95 regular)
94 points Vinous: "Vibrant red fruit, floral and spice qualities on the assertively perfumed nose, along with hints of succulent herbs and cola. Alluringly sweet and lively in the mouth, offering concentrated raspberry, cherry cola, floral pastille and exotic spice flavors that deepen as the wine opens up. Shows fine clarity and mineral cut on the extremely long, focused finish, which is framed by subtle, well-judged tannins."
Us: One of the Willamette Valley's most distinctive vineyards. A beautiful core of bright and dark red fruits accented by classic savory Temperance Hill cedar and fresh tobacco. An excellent wine that truly represents its origin.