STAFF PICK: Our 2016 Mount Richmond Pinot Noir
We’re featuring Tasting Room Lead Neil Frew’s favorite Elk Cove wine, our 2016 Mount Richmond Pinot Noir
, all month in our tasting room. We’re also giving you $5 off per bottle through May 30, 2019. Cheers!
“Others have called Mt. Richmond the quintessential Yamhill-Carlton vineyard, and I’d have to agree. The marine sedimentary soils in this area provide the backdrop for amazingly rich and dark flavors unlike anywhere else on the Valley. Look for black cherry, blueberry, and violets on the nose. This is something special!
And my favorite part about Mt. Richmond is that despite the extra body and tannin, the texture is always silky and smooth. Pair with braised short ribs or seared duck breast, because this is a wine that deserves it.” – Neil Frew, Tasting Room Lead
2016 Mount Richmond Pinot Noir: 94 Points from James Suckling
Our 2016 Mount Richmond Pinot Noir received an outstanding 94 point score from James Suckling:
“There’s a beautifully fresh array of violets, ripe red and blue cherries, raspberries and red plums on the nose of this pristine, youthful pinot. The palate continues the pristine theme with ebullient, round and fleshy cherries and red plums in abundance. Drink or hold.” – James Suckling
Mount Richmond In Somm Select
“Elk Cove is an Oregon trailblazer, responsible for pushing classically-styled Pinot Noir that has rivalled Burgundy for decades. Their ‘Mount Richmond’ bottling comes from a cool-climate terroir abundant in Willakenzie soils; it’s a deep and luxurious Grand Cru equivalent.”
When we give mention to classic producers, it’s not uncommon to see “pioneer” in the writeup. The word is tossed around quite a bit, but Elk Cove Vineyards matches the definition precisely: They are truly a region-defining producer, having been one of the first 10 wineries in all of Oregon (there are currently 500+ in Willamette Valley) when the Campbell family settled here in the early 1970s.”
These are just a few of the kind words Somm Select has for Elk Cove and our 2016 Mount Richmond Pinot Noir, featured in July, 2018 by the prestigious wine blog. You can read the whole review and sign up for Somm Select’s fantastic daily wine offerings at sommselect.com.
About Somm Select
SommSelect presents daily offers of world-class wines at all price points, curated by an expert team led by Master Sommelier Ian Cauble. We draw on extensive restaurant wine-buying experience in making our selections, while supplementing our knowledge through regular travel to the world’s great wine regions. Each wine we offer comes with a detailed description of its history and crafting; expert tasting notes; serving suggestions.
We are not deep discounters or otherwise hunting for closeouts or ‘one-offs.’ Our team works closely with top vendors and winemakers, tasting constantly in search of the most memorable bottles across a wide range of styles—from bottles, you can pop and pour tonight to ‘collectibles’ destined for your cellar.
2015 Mount Richmond Pinot Noir – 91 points and Cellar Selection from Wine Enthusiast
Our 2015 Mount Richmond Pinot Noir received an excellent 91 point rating and Cellar Selection from Wine Enthusiast.
“This wine’s cranberry, raspberry and cherry flavors are spicy and tart, carrying a suggestion of hard candy. It’s consistent throughout its tart finish and promises much development ahead. Drink now through the late 2020s. Cellar Selection.” -P.G.
This review posted in the October issue of Wine Enthusiast 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.
93 Points in Wine Spectator
Our 2014 Mount Richmond Pinot Noir was awarded 93 points by Wine Spectator Magazine.
“Firm and focused, with powdery tannins surrounding a sleek core of guava-accented cherry, rose petal and spice flavors that glide into a long, vivid and mineral-marked finish. This has presence and elegance.” – Harvey Steinem
Wine Spectator tastes all wines blind, rating them on their classic 100 point scale. A wine that’s awarded between 90 and 94 points they deem “Outstanding: a wine of superior character and style”
This review posted in the August 2016 issue of the magazine.
92 Points & “Cellar Selection” in Wine Enthusiast
Our 2014 Mount Richmond Pinot Noir was awarded 92 points and listed as an “Cellar Selection” by Wine Enthusiast Magazine.
“This deeply flavored wine bursts forth with ripe blueberry, plum and cherry fruit. The mouthfeel is silky and succulent, wrapping the forward fruit into darker flavors laced with minty cacao, licorice and espresso.” –Paul Gregutt
According to the Wine Enthusiast, a rating of 90-94 points equates to “Excellent. Extremely well made and highly recommended.” The full review posted in the August 2016 issue of the magazine.
92 Points in Wine Enthusiast
Our 2013 Mount Richmond received an excellent 92 points from Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
“The winery’s largest vineyard, Mount Richmond encompasses 105 acres, and yet just 752 cases of the vineyard-designated version were produced in this vintage. The demanding selection process worked wonders. This is a smoky and seductive wine with aromas of incense and Asian spice. Bright, ripe cherry fruit is highlighted with a dash of dark chocolate. Subtle and elegant, this is an all-star effort from a challenging vintage.” – Paul Gregutt