Elk Cove Vineyards Chehalem Mountains
A long established winery founded in 1974. They have 120 acres of vineyards planted on three northern Willamette sites. South facing slopes and a combination of finely drained Willakenzie and Laurelwood soils provides an excellent growing environment. The winery is now gravity flow and the wines are achieving new levels of quality. Pinot Blanc is crisp and nutty with a lightly aromatic Alsatian character showing through. Pinot Gris comes from estate vineyards which are close planted and are crop thinned for low yields. Cool fermented, the wine offers great varietal purity and a marked floral, aromatic character. The Willamette Pinot Noir, like the single-vineyard wines, is produced from lowyielding fruit – often less than 2 tons to the acre. It is the softest of the wines with ripe and dark fruit and reasonable depth with quite apparent oak. The single vineyards are a clear level up in quality. The Roosevelt Vineyard is finely structured with firm tannins and a mineral undercurrent. The earlier ripening Mount Richmond is riper, fatter with a hint of truffle as well as rich dark cherry fruit. La Bohéme is perhaps the best of these with rich, dark fruit and a firm structure and spicy toasty oak which needs a little time to integrate. A Reserve is also made as well as three others, Windmill, Five Mountain and Clay Court. (DM)
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