2014 Elk Cove "Roosevelt Vineyard" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1269833 94 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Editors' Choice* From the first sniff to the last sip, this sensational effort seduces, with deep, rich, slightly roasted flavors of dense black fruits. The black cherry core is so intense it veers into cassis, with veins of espresso, Kahlúa and cacao. It’s a powerful wine, perfectly framed and balanced by ripe tannins. It’s ready to drink now, but certainly a wine you may confidently cellar for at least another decade.  (12/2016)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 From a three-acre block planted behind the winery at a high density in 1993, the 2014 Pinot Noir Roosevelt, which is matured in barrel for 12 months (70% new) has quite a complex bouquet with scents of lavender and potpourri infusing the black fruit. The palate is silky smooth on the entry with supple tannin, gorgeous red cherry and blackberry fruit mixed with white pepper, clove and bay leaf. It gently fans out to a very convincing finish that neatly disguises the new oak. Again, it will require 4-5 years in bottle to really show what it can do. Yeah...I like Elk Cove. I like the cut of their jib. These are examples of Oregon fermented grape juice that exude precision, freshness, intensity and for want of a better word, sheer drinkability. These are the kind of wines that I sample professionally but leave thinking how much I would just like to abscond with them and share them with friends. Winemaker Adam Campbell is a dab hand at not just Pinot Noir but also white varieties, in particular producing two very worthy Chardonnay and Rieslings from the 2014 vintage... His Pinot Noirs were extremely consistent across the entire range, a winemaker who frankly did not seem to let the ball slip once throughout the season... This was certainly one of my most impressive tastings during my visit: a combination of old vine stock and careful winemaking by a skillful winemaker. (NM)  (6/2016)

93 points Vinous

 Limpid ruby-red. A highly perfumed, complex bouquet evokes ripe blackberry, cherry-vanilla, candied flowers, mocha and smoky minerals. Sweet, seamless and broad on the palate, showing superb depth and power to the intense, focused red and dark berry, fruitcake and lavender pastille flavors. Closes round, sappy and extremely long, with velvety tannins coming in late to add shape. For such a rich wine, it shows unlikely elegance. (JR)  (11/2016)

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- Highly touted for its Pinot Noirs, Oregon is part of the up-and-coming winemaking industry in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Most of Oregon is directly affected by the climate coming off of the Pacific Ocean, giving it mild winters and wet summers. This makes it a difficult place to ripen grapes, but some say that the harder grapes have to struggle, the more complex they will turn out to be. Chardonnay and Pinot Gris are two important and successful grapes grown in Oregon.