Evesham Wood has been a revelation for us. Rarely do we encounter a winery that has successfully flown under the radar of most consumers, that produces such truly exceptional wines. It wouldn’t be overstating the fact that this may be one of the most underrated wineries in the Willamette Valley. Founded by Russ Raney in 1986 after training with the legendary Henri Jayer in Vosne-Romanée, the estate started with 3.23 hectares of vineyards planted on the eastern side of the Eola-Amity Hills ridge. Known locally as “Spring Valley”, the area has one of the best microclimates in all of Oregon. After twenty years of making wine, Russ and his wife Mary began working closely with Erin Nuccio. Feeling the time was right, they sold the winery to Erin in 2010, who has maintained the same approach to winemaking.
This is how Erin describes the Evesham Wood Blanc du Puits Sec – “This year again we picked all the Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Blanc, Traminer, Rieslaner and Kerner and co-fermented them in stainless steel. This year I allowed the fermentation to start spontaneously with he yeast that came in with the grapes. The wine displays lots of spice and rose this year with hints of green apple and lime.”