Elk Cove Vineyards 2013 Five Mountain Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains, $60

By on January 5, 2016

elk-cove-vineyards-five-mountain-pinot-noir-2013-bottleThere’s some fascinating history behind this vineyard-designated Pinot Noir from the Campbell family, and it starts with the site — which offers a view of five Cascade peaks — being established by the Ponzi family in 1978. Since their purchase in 2005, the Campbells have grown beyond the original 4 acres of Pommard clone Pinot Noir to 30 acres of more than a handful of varieties, including Dijon clone Pinot Noir. A number of high points are found in the wine, starting with the nose of cordial cherry, strawberry/rhubarb compote, cranberry and fresh caramel. Its structure is smooth and elegant with pleasing approach of Bing cherry, plum and pomegranate, backed by milk chocolate from the 10 months in 40% new French oak barrels. Mild tannins for a silky finish.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 355 cases

Alcohol: 13%

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