1999 La Bohème
The 1999 Pinot Noir La Bohème has a bright ruby red color, and exudes black cherry and raspberry aromas upon aeration. Delicious fruit flavors with earthy mushroom overtones and a velvety texture are balanced with the French oak.
In 1999 a cool Spring/Summer season utimately brought on what Oregon winemakers are referring to as the “Miracle Vintage.” The cool weather had winemakers worried that harvest would be extremely late. Then, miraculously, Oregon had near perfect weather throughout October allowing growers to pick at leisure!
We planted La Bohème Vineyard in 1985 by selecting the very best vines from our original Estate Pommard plantings. Pat and Joe Campbell named the vineyard after the family who sold them the property – and their favorite Puccini opera. This picturesque vineyard overlooks the winery and the coast range mountains and rises to 800 feet, making it one of the highest elevation vineyard sites in the Willamette Valley. La Bohème was planted using cuttings from vines selected for small cluster size and intense flavors, hallmarks of the world’s finest Pinot Noirs. We prune and cluster-thin La Bohème heavily to limit yields and to maximize ripening and flavor concentration.
All of Elk Cove’s delicate Pinot Noir fruit undergoes the same gentle handling through our gravity flow system. This allows us to achieve the elegance, texture and luscious quality that are the hallmarks of exquisite Pinot Noir.
Fruit from the La Bohème vineyard is fermented in small, temperature controlled steel tanks, hand punched down twice daily then aged for ten months in 50% new French oak. Our winemaking team then selects the very best barrels to represent the silky, lush flavor profile that exemplifies La Bohème pinot noir.
- Vine Age 14 years
- Yield 1.6 tons/acre
- Harvest Sugars 24.5 Brix
- pH 3.62
- Vatting Fermentation in small open top steel fermenters. 10 months in French oak.
- Cases Produced 444
91+ Points “…this is an outstanding, fruit-packed Pinot…”