2013 Evesham Wood "Le Puits Sec" Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir

SKU #1226012 93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 This is relatively firmly reduced and if you’re tempted to try a bottle young, be sure to allow it a thorough aeration first. Otherwise there is a lovely sense of underlying tension to the delicious but solidly intense medium weight flavors that display the usual excellent complexity of a typical Le Puits Sec as well as outstanding length on the balanced finish that really fans out as it sits on the palate. This isn’t the most refined wine in the range but it is one of the most age-worthy and complex. With all of those attributes duly acknowledged, this definitely needs at least a modicum of patience and will need all of a decade, perhaps even more, to arrive at its apogee.  (10/2017)

91 points Vinous

 Brilliant red. Fresh red berry and cherry aromas are complicated by suggestions of sassafras and candied rose, with a bright minerally element adding vivacity. Spicy and sharply focused on the palate, offering bitter cherry and redcurrant flavors that take a sweeter turn with aeration. The mineral note repeats emphatically on the long, focused finish, with smooth tannins providing structural support. (JR)  (10/2015)

K&L Notes

From the winery: "2014 was a significantly warmer growing season than 2013 and the LPS bottling beautifully shows that difference. What surprised me a bit, and pleased me a lot, was how it shows the warmer growing season but has an alluring balance of liveliness and freshness. Black and red cherry, plum and sage with an exquisite silky texture that finishes fresh and elegant. Certified organic. "

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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.


- 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.
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