Elk Cove Vineyards Pinot Noir 2011

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Founded in 1974 by Pat and Joe Campbell, Elk Cove Vineyards is one of Oregon’s oldest family farmed wineries. Their son Adam took on the winemaking role in 1995 and has continued the family traditions. Viewing themselves as “stewards of the land” sustainable methods are used in both the vineyards and winery. They use cover crops rather then fertilizers, goats for weeding, solar panels for up to 40% of their energy consumption, recycling and utilizing Eco-Glass for up to 50% of their bottles. Grapes for the Willamette Valley Pinot Noir were sourced from all five of their vineyard blocks, along with a small amount “from other producers who are longtime friends of Elk Cove”.

A straightforward lighter styled Pinot Noir with aromas of cherry and earth. Cherry, strawberry and crushed white peppercorn joined hints of funky mushroom notes, whilst a balancing acidity and silky smooth tannins created an elegant pairing with 3 cheese, artichoke and herb pizza. Although a thoroughly enjoyable glass, I would be remiss if I didn’t add that for the price point I was expecting a bit more presence.

100% Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley
Oregon
Produced and Bottled by Elk Cove Vineyards
13% Alcohol
$29
Enjoy now thru 2015

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