2014 Elk Cove "Roosevelt Vineyard" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
*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.
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)
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)