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Winemaker Visit - Evan Martin of Martin Woods Winery, Willamette Valley Oregon

Evan Martin makes serious wines in Willamette Valley. Like better burgundies, they are reticent when young or first opened and need air or time to let them bloom. Unlike many burgundies, they do not have hard edges and so are approachable almost all at once.
April 10, 2019


Evan Martin

Martin Woods Winery, Willamette Valley Oregon


Last week’s wines shone, especially the wonderful 2016 Jessie James Vineyard Pinot Noir. People loved it and it sold out at the tasting. We will be getting a couple of cases more in early May, but some of those are already sold. I certainly recommend that you not delay at getting some of the rest before they are all gone.

We still have some of the excellent 2016 Yamhill Springs Vineyard Pinot Noir which was just a bit less popular than the Jessie James.

Both Chardonnays, the crisper 2017 Willamette and more oak-inflected 2017 Yamhill Valley Vineyard found their followerswith the latter being the more popular. As with the Pinot Noirs, they were reserved at the start and better and better as the tasting went on. Also like the Pinots they showed marvelous concentration at their prices


2017 Martin Woods Chardonnay Willamette; Aroma: fresh & pretty, firm, a Chablis-like direct  mineral thrust, light pear note; Mouth: clean sweet direct, light acidity, firm, modulated acidity on a long finish; Very Good Plus 31; Mixed Case, 27.9; Case, 26.35

2017 Martin Woods Chardonnay Yamhill Valley Vineyard; Aroma: on first opening assertive, bright acid, lightly accented by oak, tight; Mouth: rounded sweet aid, very nicely intense, tight acid, very intense long - it wants air &/or aging; Very Good - Excellent42; Mixed Case, 37.8; Case, 35.7


2016 Martin Woods Pinot Noir Yamhill Springs; Aroma: deep and firm, plummy, dense,  finely delineated, deep rather full, very pure elegant, dark fruit; Mouth: smooth racy dark hued,  smooth textured, clean rather, pretty, clean very pure airy light; Very Good - Excellent35; Mixed Case, 31.5; Case, 29.75

2016 Martin Woods Pinot Noir Jessie James Vineyard; Aroma: finely elegant very pure, lightly ripe; Mouth: clean racy fine tannins, very rich very pure rather fine, elegant,  fine-grained tannins, very rich, al dente; Excellent42; Mixed Case, 37.8; Case, 35.7


4-10 Martin Woods Case: Special, three each of the above wines - $326


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2017 Martin Woods Willamette Valley Rose

Evan poured us a sample of his 2017 Willamette Valley Rose. We all found it astonishingly good. Mike called it the best New World Rose he had ever tasted.

It is much, much more than a pleasantly pretty sipping rose. Rich and substantial, it's a solid, seriously complex wine to accompany serious meals. It’s a blend of grapes. Pinot Noir gives it savor; Gamay depth; Gewurztraminer an intriguing spice; old vine Riesling gives thrust with an underlying  mineral steel.

It pirouetted on the palate; flashing now one of its flavors, now another. Despite its depth it keeps the palate intrigued and enlivened. It wants fully flavored dishes. Drink it with paella, spicy full flavored Asian dishes, sauced game fish, grilled chicken or pork, even marinated beef.


2017 Martin Woods Willamette Rose ; Color: bright purple orange; Aroma: rounded  fresh, clean,  nutty note, plumpish, heady and richly deep, with a spicy edge, intriguing blend, deep; Mouth: spicy edge, rather clean, firm, bright sweet acidity, full in the middle with a tangy edge on a long finish; Very Good - Excellent$28.99


Arrival early May

Case   $295 (24.58)

Half case $155.94 (25.99)


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