Wine Press Northwest

2006 Five Mountain Pinot Noir:

Recommended. “This is a darker-toned red with aromas and flavors of black truffles, mushrooms, plums and chocolate-covered cherries.” (April 1, 2008)

Wine Enthusiast

2005 Five Mountain Pinot Noir:

90 Points “This new vineyard site, on the east side of the Chehalem mountains, has delivered a precisely rendered, spicy wine, with a pleasing mix of leaf, herb, berry and earth flavors. It’s cut on the tart, acidic side, but it’s neither dull nor simple. Given its balance and texture, it may well age for another decade or more.” – Paul Gregutt (March 31, 2008)

Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

2006 Five Mountain Pinot Noir:

91 Points “Alluring bouquet of black raspberry, kirsch, allspice, incense, and cinnamon. The palate offers deep, sweet red and dark berry flavors, supple texture and fine-grained tannins that add gentle grip. Finishes energetic and spicy, with a strong note of sweet red berries. Seductive and delicious now.” (May 1, 2008)

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)

Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

2009 Five Mountain Pinot Noir:

92 Points “Vivid red. Sexy, expressive bouquet of raspberry and cherry-cola, potpourri and minerals, plus a touch of smokiness. Silky and precise on the palate, with very good depth but no excess fat to its red fruit flavors. Shows very good clarity on the finish, which lingers with suave floral and spice notes. This is drinkable now but has the depth and balance to age.” – Josh Raynolds (July 31, 2011)

Pinot Report

2006 Five Mountain Pinot Noir:

93 Points “…silky texture, ripe black cherry flavor, spice, slight earthiness…good structure and balance; …This is a terrific Pinot…” (February 15, 2008)

KensWineGuide.com

2007 Five Mountain Pinot Noir:

92 Points “This dark Ruby offering from Elk Cove was the clear winner of blind tasting pinots. This wine opens with a smoky cherry bouquet with notes of tobacco. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, very nicely balanced, and velvety. This sophisticated wine is very food friendly and would pair well with salmon, squab, or osso buco…” (May 1, 2009)