2015 Evesham Wood Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $20.00

Affordable, top quality Oregon Pinot Noir is something of an oxymoron, but year after year, Evesham Wood manages to create just that with their entry level Willamette Valley offering. Founded by Russ Raney in 1986, Evesham Wood was based on the idea that small is beautiful. To maintain a high level of quality, they 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. That approach is alive and well today, under the wineries new owners Erin and Jordan Nuccio. The 2015 opens with lovely floral aromas of rose hip and cherry blossom. On the palate, it’s fruit forward with lightly tart cherry turning ripe and creamy. The flavors show remarkable persistence on the smooth finish. Exceptional buy.