2011 Evesham Wood "La Grive Bleue" Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir

SKU #1132689 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Sourced from the same estate block of Dijon clones 777 and 114 as ever, Evesham Wood’s 2011 Pinot Noir La Grive Bleue projects dark berries as one would expect from those clonal variants: cassis and elderberry that are infused with black tea and incorporate faintly rustic tannins. The sense of sappy persistence and tangy fruit acid brightness are heightened here in comparison with the winery’s intro-level bottling; and alkaline, wet stone and mossy inflections serve for considerable intrigue, leading to a buoyant, sustained, and downright refreshing finish. This outstanding value – of which there are 250 cases – should drink well through at least 2018.  (10/2013)

K&L Notes

La Grive Bleue is sourced from a small block of Evesham Wood's estate vineyard, where distinct soil characteristics and Dijon clonal selections yield a distinct espression. The wine is aged in 20% new French oak for 15 months before bottling. The wine is rich and round with a bold and dark profile.

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Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/27/2013 | Send Email
This shockingly pure, light Oregon Pinot Noir is a silly deal for the price. It has a very pale ruby color and an exotic rose like aroma that is followed up by intense Pinot Noir flavor on a very light frame. This is long, serious stuff at a very low price!
Top Value! Drink from 2013 to 2021

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- Highly touted for its Pinot Noirs, Oregon is part of the up-and-coming winemaking industry in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Most of Oregon is directly affected by the climate coming off of the Pacific Ocean, giving it mild winters and wet summers. This makes it a difficult place to ripen grapes, but some say that the harder grapes have to struggle, the more complex they will turn out to be. Chardonnay and Pinot Gris are two important and successful grapes grown in Oregon.
Alcohol Content (%): 13