Evesham Wood 2007 Le Puits Sec Pinot Noir Eola-Amity Hills
For those who might have dismissed the 2007 vintage, I encourage you to get your hands on the Evesham Wood 2007 Le Puits Sec Pinot Noir Eola-Amity Hills (13%).
This wine is delayed gratification in the bottle...or better put, grace in the glass. Granted, I am clearly biased here - I remain a huge fan of the 2007 vintage in Oregon, as these are my kind of Pinot noir. Graceful, elegant, understated, ethereal...all fitting descriptions for the Evesham Wood Le Puits Sec.
The last time I experienced this Evesham Wood pinot was the 2005, a bottle that made me an instant fan of Mary and Russ Raney's skill in cultivating grapes and crafting wine into something incredible. The 2007 Le Puits Sec reminded me of this experience.
The beauty of this wine starts in the glass with the clear, light ruby red color that emits aromas of red cherry and raspberry fruit combined with hints of light spice and dusty earth. The perfume and floral nature of this wine made me want to smell it more than drink it. On the palate, it offered a light mouthfeel, with great acidity, tannins, and a long cherry fruit and mineral stone finish.
I loved everything this wine brought to our dinner of grilled veal chops, orzo, and butter lettuce salad. Thank goodness there are more bottles of the '07 Evesham Wood Le Puits Sec Pinot Noir in the cellar. This wine is a testimony to delayed gratification, especially for a vintage that far too many folks quickly discounted as one to pass over.