We’re thrilled to introduce you to Martin Woods. You’ll recognize household Willamette Valley names on the resumes of the duo behind the upstart winery. We first met Evan Martin during his tenure as assistant winemaker for Belle Pente, a mainstay of our club offerings through the years. Evan’s winemaking prowess by the Biodynamic ninja mastery of Sarah Martin, viticulturalist for Bergstrom, which needs no introduction but just in case, is one of Oregon’s, if not the country's, best-known wineries.
Evan and Sarah launched Martin Woods with the 2015 vintage – we sold some of their first wines (Gamays) and have been excited ever since to feature one of their Pinot noirs. And we’ve found it! You should expect to hear/see a lot more from Martin Woods in the coming months and years.
Bednarik Vineyard’s resurrection was first made known to us through Hundred Suns, who made a knockout 2016 Pinot noir from the old vines located in the far northwest corner of Willamette Valley. Sure, we knew of the vineyard and had tasted single vineyard wines from it several years back, but when one winemaker you know and trust begins effusively hyping a vineyard, you nod and think, “okay...we’ll wait for the proof.” When a second one does the same, you think, “maybe they’re onto something.” And the third, well, you’re just being daft if you’re not keenly paying attention by now!l
So even before tasting Martin Woods’ Bednarik 2017, we were perhaps slightly predisposed to liking it. Evan warned us as much, his normally low-key facial expressions being betrayed by his noticeable enthusiasm. He dropped off a bottle and recommended that we taste over the course of 4-5 days; we wouldn’t have it any other way, we assured him.
Whether on day one – at first pour – or day four, we found a thoroughly captivating, even haunting Pinot noir. There’s an ineffable coolness to the entire wine and especially, to the aromatics. The contribution of whole clusters was at play but what else...old vines, winemaking style, magic? In short, it is absolutely our kind of Pinot noir and we think you’ll love it, too. Only 60 cases were produced, so love it soon.
Note below the unique perspective on Oregon terroir as it relates to their choice of aging vessels for all of their wines. They’re fully committed to the extent that Evan is making Oregon oak barrels with a local cooper and they’ve created space at the winery to properly air-dry them.