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 Vintage2008 Label 1 of 9 
(NOTE: Label borrowed from 2007 vintage.)
ProducerElk Cove Vineyards (web)
VarietyPinot Noir
VineyardMount Richmond
SubRegionWillamette Valley

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2011 and 2017 (based on 14 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Elk Cove Pinot Noir Mt. Richmond on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90.5 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 35 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by jwolf99 on 11/29/2014 & rated 91 points: Nose was quite muted. Medium body wiht cherry and plum flavors up front, distinct tobacco on mid palate, cedar notes on moderate finish. (551 views)
 Tasted by Sourdough on 10/21/2014 & rated 93 points: This bottle was absolutely lovely. From an earthy, fruity nose to a beautifully balanced taste from beginning to end. An absolutely delightful Pinot Noir. This should drink well for at least five years. (736 views)
 Tasted by Sourdough on 4/25/2014 & rated 91 points: Most notable facet of this bottle is that it seemed shut down... Not over the hill but just not singing like it usually does. Guess I need to sit on th other bottle for a couple of years to get it through this slump. (1092 views)
 Tasted by lushlife on 1/1/2014 & rated 92 points: cherry fruit and a velvety texture; yum! (1249 views)
 Tasted by Les Kangas on 12/22/2013 & rated 92 points: Fantastic and glad i bought several bottles when i read a few years ago that it would be good (1240 views)
 Tasted by cabfrancair on 10/3/2013 & rated 84 points: Some interesting earthy notes on the nose
Leaner, and austere on the palate
shorter tannic finish. (1082 views)
 Tasted by hdchappy on 8/1/2013 & rated 92 points: Loved this, great WV Pinot. Super smooth and balanced with a fair amount of medium to dark fruit. Wish I had more of this! (1127 views)
 Tasted by Wine Nut on 5/14/2013 & rated 93 points: I am not sure why people are failing to recognize this wine's beauty. It is an utterly wonderful pinot depending on the style you prefer. The wine's color is garnet red with hints of cherry, wildflowers and sage. It is a graceful wine which takes control of your palate from start to finish as it fills your mouth with ripe strawberries, raspberries and even a hint of cola before it ends with a sense of creaminess. This wine is full and alive and simply delicious from start to finish. (943 views)
 Tasted by ewqcsl on 3/4/2013 & rated 88 points: Maybe I just don't understand what the winemaker was going for here. I'm not a fan of fruit-bomb pinots that lose all varietal character, but this is too much in the other direction. Almost no fruit, no nose, and a bitter finish. Disappointing, especially for the price. (936 views)
 Tasted by Wine Sparty on 8/9/2012 & rated 87 points: Popped and poured with chicken parmigiana. Aroma doesn't give much, some strawberry but not much else. Taste is also strawberry with some earthiness and a decent amount of acidity. Overall, this really didn't make much of an impression, but was pretty enjoyable. (1458 views)
 Tasted by Gargamel on 6/1/2012 & rated 93 points: still holding plenty of tannin to age a couple years longer. plenty of fruit, very smooth. (1297 views)
 Tasted by timdrex on 4/10/2012 & rated 91 points: Good fruit without over doing it; pomegranate favors reminded me of tannins that are just right. Alcohol was not dominant. Paired well with baked salmon. (1331 views)
 Tasted by jwolf99 on 11/30/2011 & rated 92 points: Drank with Thanksgiving dinner; medium body and great color; cherry flavors dominate; some Indian spice and vanilla notes; good fruit and acidity; definite crowd pleaser with the meal (1665 views)
 Tasted by VegasOenophile on 5/15/2011 & rated 95 points: Rich, spicy berry. Dark fruit on the nose. Flavors of sour cherry and strawberry. Rich, lasting and nice.
- WS Grand Tour 2011 (1386 views)
 Tasted by manonthemoon on 3/13/2011 & rated 92 points: Cochon 555 DC.

My favorite pinot of the event. (2095 views)
 Tasted by jtinto on 3/10/2011 & rated 92 points: This bottle was even better than the last. (2285 views)
 Tasted by jtinto on 1/23/2011 & rated 91 points: Pop and pour. Some funk on the nose and wine was harsh and disjointed. Gave it a couple of hours and some air. What a difference. Paired with food the wine showed me something. Dark with silky red fruit balanced with the acid and alcohol. Even better day two. Give this at least a couple of years in bottle. 91-93. (2386 views)
 Tasted by Sourdough on 11/24/2010 & rated 90 points: Very nice but not as interesting/ethereal as much Elk Cove (275 views)
 Tasted by manonthemoon on 10/31/2010 & rated 90 points: Pacific Northwest Tasting Trip, Day 4 (Willamette Valley & P-Town): Nose of black fruits, underbrush, spice.
Palate of mixed berries, with deep flavor, some spice, and acid on the tail
Finish is shorter than you would expect. (899 views)
 Tasted by joshwoodward on 8/28/2010 & rated 92 points: Slightly simple, but delicious. Decent structure, especially in the acid department. Darker, more complex, a little barnyard funk. $48 (2711 views)
 Tasted by esb on 8/4/2010: Pretty nose with chocolate, cherry and spice. Very glossy in the mouth with heavy oak influence and dominant vanilla flavors. Excellent in an abundant oak style. Hard not to enjoy now but will improve. (2798 views)
 Tasted by RobertDwyer on 8/2/2010 & rated 91 points: This wine is dark in color and very refined stylistically. A little bashful aromatically but improved with air (and after being poured through a wine aerator). Balances rich flavors with ample acidity. Elegant stuff that may well benefit from some bottle age.

The only off note I detected, and it's a quirky I-don't-know-how-to-describe-it kind of thing but it's kind of a "twang" that I've gotten in several Oregon Pinot Noirs. It's like a weedy/stemmy/dill flavor that pops up like a gopher every once in a while. Strange, but it got in the way of full-throttle enjoyment for me a couple times with this one.

That aside, an opulent fine wine that I'd be proud to serve at a sit down dinner. (3296 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 5/28/2010 & rated 90 points: No La Tache, but very tasty. Don't keep this one too long. I'd give it 48 months tops and will be drinking my 6 bottles at a steady pace for the next 3 years. (3024 views)
 Tasted by KeithAkers on 5/3/2010 & rated 92 points: 3rd Annual Expedition Wines American Homegrown tasting (Webster's Wine Bar, Chicago IL): nose: very perfumed and pretty nose of red fruits, floral tones, spices, red cherries and bits of herb tones

taste: wound pretty tight on the palate with a classy medium feel and medium acidity. Well balanced with good depth and feminine tones of red fruits, floral tones, spices and red cherry tones

overall: this is a real good and young pinot. This needs some time to fully emerge, but it can be a real lovely wine with some time (1889 views)
 Tasted by dbp on 4/24/2010 & rated 84 points: E&R's Pinot Noir-egon Weekend; 4/24/2010-4/25/2010 (Portland, OR): After enjoying the Five Mountain so much, I decided to try this one anyway despite having just had it a few weeks ago to see if my impression had shifted. Nope... this is very light on the fruit on the nose, but its fairly dark fruit. Shows mild fruit throughout, but doesn't really have the structure or any other elements to keep interest here. Not much balance at all. (3561 views)
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By Allen Meadows
Burghound, October 2010, Issue #40
(Elk Cove Vineyards Pinot Noir - Mount Richmond Villages Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, July/August 2010, IWC Issue #151
(Elk Cove Vineyards Pinot Noir Mount Richmond Willamette Valley) Subscribe to see review text.
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Elk Cove Vineyards

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Elk Cove Vineyards Pinot Noir Mount Richmond

This vineyard site was purchased in 1996 in partnership between Adam and his wife Carrie, and parents Pat and Joe Campbell. The motivation for planting this vineyard was to emulate the wine quality from sites such as our esteemed Roosevelt vineyard. Mount Richmond sits at a lower elevation (300-500 feet) than the vineyards planted at the winery, which allows for earlier ripening. Planted in a high-density format (2100 vpa), similar to Roosevelt, it sits in rolling hills just outside the town of Yamhill in the shadow of the Pacific Northwest's Coast Range. The plant material sourced for Mount Richmond follows an old Burgundian tradition of selecting cuttings from the best plants (small clusters, tiny berries) from Roosevelt vineyard. It is the 4th generation of improved plant material (ECV Estate>La Boheme>Roosevelt> Mount Richmond), and all Pommard clone. This vineyard is completely dry-farmed and sits on Willakenzie soils.

Pinot Noir

Varietal character (Appellation America) | Varietal article (Wikipedia)
Pinot Noir is the Noble red grape of Burgundy, capable of ripening in a cooler climate, which Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot will not reliably do. It is unpredictable and difficult both to grow and to vinify, but results in some of the finest reds in the world. It is believed to have been selected from wild vines two thousand years ago. It is also used in the production of champagne. In fact, more Pinot Noir goes into Champagne than is used in all of the Cote d'Or! It is also grown in Alsace, Germany, the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Croatia, Serbia, Italy, Austria, and so forth, with varying degrees of success.


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Willamette Valley

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The vineyards of the Yamhill-Carlton District were planted mostly in the late 1980ís and early 1990ís. The primary soil of this area is called Willakenzie, named after the Willamette and McKenzie rivers. It is a sedimentary soil with a sandstone base rock. The sand content is quite high and the soil therefore very well drained. The sites are generally on the lower slopes of a volcanic ridge. Wines of the area possess aromas of red and black fruits, with added elements of cocoa, leather and fresh-turned earth. Acidity levels are generally lower than other regions, prompting these wines to be lush and agreeable in their youth.

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