Earthy character and oak overshadow the subdued dark, spicy fruit. Paired decently with roasted salmon, but not my favorite style of Pinot. Not sure it will benefit from further ageing. Probably reflects the relatively weak 2007 vintage in Oregon.
NEEDS TIME TO IMPROVE. Keep this in your cellar if you can. I believe time with put this wine in 90 point territory. Nose is buttery raisins with some cherry. Palate is red fruits and then some earthy mushroom notes. It finishes nicely, if a bit heavy. This is not mature and even decanting this didn't really help.
Some of the brightness and high-toned fruit I liked about this wine are still there today, but there is an underlying earthy/mushroom component now that is quite good. Some darker fruit flavors are also present, but this isn't showing as much age as I expected. More weighted than I remember, this has gained some muscle. Balanced, late-acting tannin and firm acid remain. Quite good, I liked this before and am happy to say it is still drinking quite good today.
Nice strawberry notes on the nose along with slight hints of white pepper and baking spice. Darker fruit tones on the palate, with light cola flavor along with strawberry, raspberry and huckleberry as well as some nice spice. Bits of sassafrass on the finish and some slightly bitter minerals. Almost a copper tone. Good acid. Should continue to evolve and improve for a few years yet.
Ketchup and raisins on the nose. Actually tastes better when you just guzzle it without smelling first and that's a sad statement. A stunningly disappointing wine from a producer I'm very fond of. Raises concerns about the reliability of OR Pinot Noir for me. I realize 2007 is an off vintage but this wine is awful. Not recommended.
(Update: Opened a 2nd bottle and it was much better. This bottle was flawed- oxidized I now believe.)
Very light in color. The nose was earth and red fruit but eventually became quite vegetal and off-putting. On the palate, the fruit seemed almost diluted with the earthy flavors carrying over. Very short finish. We tasted this blind versus four 2007 Cali Pinots and one 2007 Burgundy. As suspected, this clearly was outmatched. Fairly mediocre wine from a poor vintage.
This blend was an interesting beast, because when I first tasted it there were overwhelming notes of earth, musty leaves, mushrooms, bark, smoke, and dark raspberry. I wasn’t that impressed, but enjoyed the hidden pomegranate and nutmeg flavors. I found it a bit too nutty for me however, until i put it down for 30 minutes to enjoy letter G (you’ll have to wait to see that one). After opening up in the glass, the overwhelming bark had blown off to reveal rich cherry and raspberry flavors, with a touch of dark cocoa. Considering the ~$20 price tag, this is a very affordable example of Oregon Pinot Noir. I definitely recommend that you BUY it, and would encourage you to decant it for maximum enjoyment
Garnet color in the glass, clear hue throughout. Nose of black berries, raspberries and a hint of grapefruit. Flavors of raspberries, red berries and light notes of red cherries. Light to medium acidity, tannins and body. Drink over the shorter term.
When I smell this wine, I find myself thinking of a big pile of blackberries, wrapped up in leather, and stored under the stairs in a concrete basement. This pinot noir is gentle up front, and has an even texture through the entire experience. Some nice apple flavors show up, and the darker fruit flavors are light in nature and make me wish they were a little more pronounced. There's a hint of dirt as well, which makes a nice contribution to the experience.
Pleasant but unremarkable. We opened this on a whim and put the bottle into a bucket with a handful of ice. The slight chill on the second glass improved the balance substantially. Some cherry and a hint of pepper on the nose. Nice cherry in the mid-palate, but a little thin on the finish.
The nose is straight forward with a bit of smoke and some light cherry scents. The cherries appear on the palate, and are totally enjoyable. Some apple fruit appears as well along with some oak that is blended nicely with the other flavors. There's a good hit of acidity hear too and this bottle is far and away the best basic bottle of Elk Cove's WV I've had so far. Nice stuff for its price point. 89-
nose: soft nose, but with good balanced tones of red cherries, earthen tones, and some dark plum tones. Though not complex, everything is well in place and works well together
taste: good medium/light feel with nice medium acidity and tones of red cherries and dark plums
overall: a really good entry pinot from elk cove. Nice balance and aromas that have nice depth for a entry level pinot. I enjoyed this more then the 06 which didn't taste that much like pinot, and here we have a wine that tastes and acts like pinot, very nice
Willamette Valley Visits 6-09 (Local OR Wineries): Straight forward OR pinot nose full of dark fruit and an earthy, funky tang along with a little heat. The wine is simple on the palate with some dark fruits and oak. Nothing too exciting, but it's decently integrated and still enjoyable.
This was rather tart and tight at first; to be expected, since 2007 was a year that produced tannic wines in Oregon. A 2 hour decant and it started smoothing out, and the earthy Willamette Valley nose finally emerged. In its third hour, the wine starting gaining some heat on the finish (the alcohol is a "Burgundian" 13.5%). Overall it's a good value bottling, that might improve with a couple of years of cellaring. Nothing special at this point and rather unripe, but definitely not bad at $20.