Evesham Wood Pinot Noir 2011, Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley

This Eola-Amity cuvée is essentially the reserve bottling to Evesham’s Willamette Valley Pinot. The favorite barrels are selected (from within the Eola-Amity AVA) and aged for an additional 6 months in the caves. This year (2011) an equal number of barrels were selected from Eola Springs Vineyard and Hidden Rocks Vineyard. The long, cool growing season of 2011 is well demonstrated here with elegant depth and focus. Dark cherry, forest floor and pronounced structure. Aged for 15 months in French oak barrels (20% new), and bottled without fining or filtering. 500 cases produced. As with all of their Pinot Noir bottlings, the fruit was sorted, crushed gently with ca. 30% whole berries, and fermented for 18-21 days before pressing, in either 400 gallon plastic bins or 1000+ gallon stainless steel vats.