Wine Advocate 90 points - 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. (Oct 2013)
Evesham Wood was founded in 1986 by a German winemaker named Russell Raney. After moving to Oregon’s Eola-Hills he began producing Burgundian and Alsatian varietals from the 13 acre Le Puits Sec estate vineyard and nearby properties.
Le Puits Sec is dry-farmed and was certified organic in 2000. As a member of the Deep Roots coalition, Raney does not irrigate. Mentored by Burgundian winemakers, Henri Jayer and Michel Niellon, Raney crafts wines that emphasize elegance, restraint and terroir.
In July 2010, Russ and Mary Raney sold Evesham Wood to Erin and Jordan Nuccio of Haden Fig Wines. Erin has worked at Evesham Wood since 2007 and given that Raney will continue to consult, Erin believes that, ”Nothing will change since our winemaking and vineyard management philosophies are virtually identical.”