Evesham Wood Pinot Noir 2018, Sojeau Vineyard, Eola-Amity Hlls, Oregon

“Founded by Russ Raney in 1986, Evesham Wood is based on the idea that small is beautiful. To maintain a high level of quality, we rely on two basic principles: obtaining optimally ripe low-yield fruit from the best possible sites in the Willamette Valley, and using minimal intervention in the winemaking process.” The wines are richly hued and densely packed with tannin and concentration. If it weren’t for the wines’ brimming acid you’d definitely expect them to be from a very warm vintage. Sojeau’s generosity and youthful style is front and center this year: berries and cream, raspberry pastille,
crushed rose petals and the clove-studded orange floating in a holiday wassale all wrap around very firm tannins buoyed by zesty acid. This is a powerfully fruited wine whose ‘day 3’ drinking is particularly good.