In 2007 Joe volunteered in a small medical clinic in Arequipa, Peru. Before returning home to Oregon, he asked his colleagues how he could continue to help. They told him the most critical health need was for food assistance.
The community had a kitchen that provided a meal to 600 of the most needy, but an additional 4000 often went without a daily meal. Because of Joe’s experience as a winemaker, he came up with a plan to produce a limited production wine each year, all proceeds of which would contribute to the hunger relief program.
The grapes were sourced from 27-32 year old vines from one of Elk Cove’s premier vineyards, La Bohème. Whole berries again made up 50% of the fermenting must to maximize fruitiness. The wine was then aged for 10 months in French oak.
The 2016 Condor La Bohème is juicy and complex and will improve with bottle age for 5-10 years. We are very excited about this vintage – 2016 was another early harvest here in Oregon, with warm days and cool nights ideal for ripening Pinot Noir.