Other Vintages
  • 2021

2021 Collectors Reserve

Available only to members of our Collectors Club. Contact the winery for details.


VINTAGE 2021 was an outstanding year at Elk Cove. Cool weather during bloom and moderate temperatures during most of the growing season brought forth an ample harvest of intensely concentrated fruit.

The timing of weather events was key to our success in 2021. Rainfall during bloom raised expectations for a small, high-quality crop. Then a once-in-a millennium heat dome event brought worrying temperatures to the Pacific Northwest. This was thankfully during the most resilient stage of the growing season and our old vines survived without signs of serious stress or sunburn. Growth resumed normally once temperatures cooled with average heat from July through September bringing even ripening to the plentiful small, loose clusters. Our vines made it through the rain and the heat in fine condition with lots of variable-sized berries, known as hens and chicks.

Harvest 2021 was not only of high quality but also surprisingly bountiful. Low levels of dehydration combined with the numerous small clusters and several acres of young vines coming into maturity meant a record tonnage for Elk Cove. For red Pinot Noirs, expect intense color and flavors bursting out of the glass, while white wines and rosés are fruit-forward with great acidity and balance.


This wine is made from 4 barrels from our Roosevelt Vineyard and two barrels from our Mount Richmond East Vineyard.


This wine is crafted from six of our best once-filled barrels. These are often some of our favorite barrels with well-balanced oak impact, but we rarely get the opportunity to blend them together.

Fruit is fermented in small, temperature-controlled steel tanks, hand punched down twice daily, and barreled in french oak barrels. After 10 months of aging in once-filled barrels, only those most representative of the Collectors Club profile are carefully blended to create a balanced, intensely fruit-forward Oregon Pinot Noir.

Viticultural & Enological Data

  • Vine Age 12, 17, 28 years
  • Vatting Fermentation in small open top fermentors. 10 months in once-filled French oak.
  • Cases Produced 148