Chehalem Mountains, Oregon
Wine Advocate 93 points!
Elk Cove Pinot Noir Five Mountain is a beautiful single-vineyard red wine gem from the Pacific Northwest. Vintage 2014 in Oregon may be remembered as the vintage of a lifetime, one of those rare vintages, reminiscent of 1988 and 2002, when you have high quality and high quantity simultaneously. Elk Cove Vineyards purchased Five Mountain Vineyard in 2005 after leasing the site for several years. This historic vineyard was planted in 1978 by the Ponzi family. Five Mountain is now sustainably farmed by Elk Cove Vineyards and comprises a total of 30 acres including the original old vine Pommard Pinot Noir. Fruit from Five Mountain is fermented in small, temperature controlled steel tanks, hand punched down twice daily, and barreled in 40% new French oak barrels. After 10 months of aging, only the barrels that are most representative of the Five Mountain profile are carefully blended to create a big, luscious Oregon Pinot Noir.
Elk Cove Pinot Noir Five Mountain offers "a very well-defined bouquet with real mineralité coming through. This is extremely well-focused. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp acidity, real tension and vigor with fine tannin, dark cherry and red plum fruit leading to a nicely poised, Volnay-like finish that is pure class. This comes highly recommended." - Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, 93 points
Enjoy Elk Cove Pinot Noir Five Mountain now and over the next 12-15 years with grilled Coho salmon, roast pork, spinach souffle and cheeses.