“Pale to medium ruby-purple, the 2015 Pinot Noir la Boheme leaps from the glass with notes of ripe red currants, black cherries and violets plus nuances of fertile soil, mossy bark and cloves. Medium-bodied, the palate delivers a generous amount of ripe, rich fruit with velvety tannins and soft, approachable acidity, finishing with fruity layers. Drink dates: 2017-2023. 92 points” – Lisa Perrotti-Brown
According to Wine Advocate Magazine, a rating of 90-95 is only given to “an outstanding wine of exceptional complexity and character. In short, these are terrific wines.”
Our 2014 La Bohème was awarded an excellent 92 point rating from Wine Enthusiast Magazine.
“Still wrapped up tight, as are most of the 2014s from Elk Cove, this offers juicy fruit flavors of pomegranate and raspberry, supported by fresh acidity that promises some years of aging potential. This harmonious, flavorful wine should be drunk from 2018–2030.” – Paul Gregutt
This review posted in the December, 2016 issue of the magazine and at winemag.com. According to Senior Tasting Director Joe Czerwinski, Wine Enthusiast blind tastes wines for review and rates their wines according to a 100 point scale:
Classic 98-100: The pinnacle of quality.
Superb 94-97: A great achievement.
Excellent 90-93: Highly recommended.
Very Good 87-89: Often good value; well recommended.
Good 83-86: Suitable for everyday consumption; often good value.
Acceptable 80-82: Can be employed in casual, less-critical circumstances.
Wines receiving a rating below 80 are not reviewed.
Neal Martin, writing for Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, gave our 2014 La Bohème 93 points:
“a more broody and introspective nose than its peers: blackberry and wild hedgerow, tightly wound at the moment. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy tannin, the 15% whole cluster lending a subtly forest floor note, good density in the mouth with firm backbone on the finish. This deserves 3-4 years in bottle before you reach for the corkscrew, but it will be well worth your patience.”
“This well-made wine brings briary, brambly notes to its core raspberry fruit. The impression of light herbaceousness continues through a medium-long finish, with a hint of thistle and wet stone. The wine spent 10 months in 50% new French oak.” -Paul Gregutt
This review will post in the February 2016 issue of the magazine.
“There is abundant red berry fruit on the nose, complemented by wilted violet petals and a touch of camphor. The palate is medium-bodied with soft, pillowy tannin. There is a plushness to the texture of this Pinot Noir, quite lush in the mouth, but there is sufficient structure and acidity to retain a sense of focus and avoid any blowsiness.” -Neal Martin
“Suave when first poured, this wine’s scent of dark cherries and an earthy bottom note keep it grounded and seductive. The palate is a quiet marvel of succulence, ripe and high toned at once. Its cherry fruit gives way to pomegranate before shifting back again, with mildly savory, mildly bitter tannins. For a duck breast, simply seared.” – Patrick J. Comiskey
“Supple and light-footed, with remarkable density to the red plum and blackberry fruit, shaded with hints of cocoa and white pepper as the harmonious finish persists. Drink now through 2022.” – Harvey Steiman
Our 2012 Pinot Noir La Bohème got 94 points and was chosen as a “Cellar Selection” by Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Here is what they had to say:
“A candidate for the best La Bohème ever, this low-yield effort, from 27-year-old vines, opens with a lovely nose of rose petals, raspberry compote and a whiff of pepper. Deeply detailed berry flavors glide into a long finish veined with nougat and caramel, from 10 months in 50% new French oak. The elegance and length are impressive. Cellar Selection.” – P.G.
“Vivid ruby-red. Aromas of dark berries, cherry compote and oak spices are lifted by subtle mineral and rose elements. Offers juicy black raspberry and floral pastille flavors that are given sweetness by a touch of vanilla and sharpened by a peppery note. Round tannins shape a smooth, fruit-driven finish, which clings with very good clarity and authority. This forward, plush pinot is delicious right now. 91 Points.” – Josh Raynolds
92 Points “Sexy, spice-accented aromas of raspberry, cherry and lavender, with mocha and cola notes. Gently sweet black raspberry and floral pastille flavors lifted by a touch of bitter orange peel. Fine-grained tannins add grip to the long, penetrating finish. ” – Josh Raynolds (July 31, 2012)
90 Points “Strives for delicacy and achieves a lovely balance of juicy berry flavors and almost citrusy acidity, with the flavors extending into a long and lively finish. Picks up some nice hints of exotic spice as the flavors unfold. Drink through 2008.” (April 30, 2000)
90 Points “Ripe and round, with a slightly gamy edge to the currant and plum character, an inviting wine that finishes with fine tannins, the flavors lingering impressively. Best from 2007 through 2011.” (December 15, 2005)
93 Points “Velvety in texture and generous with its blue plum and black currant flavors, subtly weaving in notes of red meat and balsamic… the wine seems to pose on the finish, showing off its gifts.” – Harvey Steiman (May 1, 2008)
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)
Outstanding! “From the opening whiff, this reveals bright aromas of raspberries, Bing cherries, blackberries and allspice. It’s a lively wine on the palate, thanks to flavors of charming cherries and ripe raspberries. From the entry to the rich midpalate through the lengthy finish, this wine provides great balance and true elegance.” (April 1, 2008)
88 Points “A good La Bohème, which seems to have lost its footing in recent vintages. Juicy, young and quite tart, it shows plenty of bright berry fruit and a bit of concentrated cassis. There is a distinct scent of resin or diesel. Could improve with time.” – Paul Gregutt (March 31, 2003)
90 Points “This is a high-elevation Pinot, from the northern Willamette, and shows a different flavor set than the superripe, tannic, Zinny wines made further south. But it is very well made, firm and varietal, with a complex mix of herb, leaf and tart fruits, and will prosper with 5-7 years of cellaring.” – Paul Gregutt (October 31, 2003)