Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

2008 Roosevelt Pinot Noir:

91 Points “The 2008 Pinot Noir Roosevelt Vineyard is from a 3-acre parcel planted in 1993 with high density spacing. It presents an already complex aromatic array of sandalwood, cinnamon, rose petal, black cherry, and black raspberry. On the palate it exhibits extra layers of savory fruit, impeccable balance, and enough underlying structure to evolve for 3-4 years. Drink it from 2013 to 2023. Elk Cove Vineyards’ 2008 collection is first rate.” – Jay Miller (October 31, 2010)

Wine Spectator

2008 La Boheme Pinot Noir:

91 Points “Light on its feet, swirling its ripe blueberry, currant and mineral flavors easily over-refined tannins and a fragile structure that lets the finish hover enticingly. Drink now through 2018.” – Harvey Steiman (August 18, 2010)

Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

2008 La Boheme Pinot Noir:

91 Points “Dark red. Aromas of blackberry and cherry gain energy with air and pick up brighter notes of wild strawberry and raspberry. Open-knit red fruit flavors are nicely concentrated and seamless, with a subtle note of burnt orange adding a tangy edge. Very alluring today, with excellent persistence and lingering notes of dark berries and spices. This vineyard was planted in 1984 with Pommard clone cuttings from Elk Cove’s original estate vineyard.” – Josh Raynolds (July 1, 2010)

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

2008 La Boheme Pinot Noir:

91 Points “The 2008 Pinot Noir La Boheme sports a nose of wood smoke, damp earth, Asian spices, incense, and an amalgam of assorted black fruits. It is a mouth-filling, expansive effort with layers of savory fruit, impeccable balance, and a fruit-filled finish. It merits several years of cellaring and will have a drinking window extending from 2013 to 2023. Elk Cove Vineyards’ 2008 collection is first rate.” – Jay Miller (October 31, 2010)

Wine Spectator

2008 Five Mountain Pinot Noir:

90 Points “Tight, focused and minerally, with a stony component to the dark berry and spice flavors, all floating over a light, transparent structure… Best from 2012 through 2018.” – Harvey Steiman (July 31, 2010)

Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

2008 Five Mountain Pinot Noir:

92 Points “Deep red with a bright rim. Sexy black raspberry and floral aromas are complemented by notes of spicecake and incense, plus a hint of musky herbs. Supple, palate-coating red and dark berry flavors show excellent depth without any excess fat. The juicy dark berry note repeats on the finish, which also offers hints of cola and smoky Indian spices. There’s lots going on already but I’d stash this wine away for another few years. ” – Josh Raynolds (July 1, 2010)

Wine Spectator

2008 Mount Richmond Pinot Noir:

94 Points. Hot Wines. “Smooth and silky, delivering a root beer-like sassafras and anise character weaving through the blackberry, cherry, and spice flavors with transparency and vibrancy. Picks up some cream and tobacco as the finish lingers. Best from 2012 through 2018.” – Harvey Steiman (May 19, 2010)

Wine Enthusiast

2008 Mount Richmond Pinot Noir:

90 Points “Forward and fruity, this is an easy-drinking bottle of pinot…gains both mass and complexity with some streaks of licorice and vanilla, laced with edgy herbs and tannins…” – Paul Gregutt (April 1, 2010)

Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

2008 Mount Richmond Pinot Noir:

90 Points “Bright red. Sexy aromas of red berries and fresh flowers, with a subtle herbal quality emerging with aeration. A juicy, sweet midweight that offers lively red and dark berry flavors and slow-building cola and spice notes. Pretty suave right now; this would be great with an Asian duck dish.” – Josh Raynolds (July 1, 2010)

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

2008 Mount Richmond Pinot Noir:

90 Points “It displays earth notes, underbrush, cinnamon, clove, rose petal, black cherry, and black raspberry aromas leading to a medium-bodied, sweetly-fruited, succulent wine with excellent balance, good volume, and a lengthy finish. It will be at its best from 2012 to 2020. Elk Cove Vineyards’ 2008 collection is first rate.” – Jay Miller (October 31, 2010)

Affairs of the Vine

2008 Mount Richmond Pinot Noir:

Gold Medal. “Affairs of the Vine 2010 Pinot Shootout Competition gives Mount Richmond 2008 the Gold!” (February 1, 2010)

Wine & Spirits

2008 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley:

90 Points Best Buy. “A big-shouldered wine with hedonistic black cherry compote scents…It’s deep and concentrated…fairly irresistible, and would be delicious with lean beef, like marinated flank.” (October 1, 2010)