2002 La Bohème
2002 La Bohème is a powerhouse! Yet retains its sensuous nature. Gorgeous cranberry colors tantalize of what’s to come. Characteristically showing meaty notes on the nose of bacon fat and smoke; it is harmonized with a rich ample body showing juicy black fruits and blueberries. The sweetness on the palate is further balanced with the French oak to finish with a lingering silky texture.
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 17 years
- Yield 1.9 tons/acre
- Harvest Sugars 23.8 Brix
- pH 3.75
- Vatting Fermentation in small open top steel fermenters. 10 months in French oak.
- Cases Produced 750
85 Points “Has some moderately intense meat, cherry and peppery spice flavors on a structure that tugs at the cheeks…”
– Wine Spectator (May 31, 2004)
86 Points Buying Guide
– Wine Enthusiast (October 31, 2004)
– The Wine Report (October 31, 2004)
– San Francisco Chronicle (July 31, 2004)