2012 La Bohème
Gorgeous plum color with black cherry and pepper on the nose. Deep cherry and violets compliment an earthy bramble component of licorice and spice. An elegant, complex wine with focused black fruit balanced by silky barrel tannins.
2012 will go down as one of the finest in Oregon history in terms of quality of the raw materials. Mother Nature really smiled on us with not only a rain-free harvest season but perhaps more importantly with tiny berries and clusters. The small fruit size allowed us to effortlessly and gently extract the concentrated fruit and ripe tannins of the perfectly ripe grapes.
According to owner/winemaker Adam Campbell “The wines from 2012 remind me and my folks of classic vintages like 1998 and 1994. Small clusters and berries give us an amazing skin-to-juice ratio, allowing us to be incredibly gentle through fermentation and still come up with powerful concentration and ripeness of fruit.”
Early reviews of the 2012 vintage use descriptors like “Stunning”, “Amazing” & “Epic” making Oregon winemakers giddy that 2012 could go down as the best vintage in our 50 year winemaking history.
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 27
- Yield 1.75
- Harvest Sugars 24
- pH 3.6
- Vatting 10 months in 50% new French Oak
- Cases Produced 794
“Supple and light-footed, with remarkable density to the red plum and blackberry fruit…”
– Wine Spectator Insider (Nov 12, 2014)
“This forward, plush pinot is delicious right now. 91 Points.”
– Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar (July/August 2014)
“There is abundant red berry fruit on the nose, complemented by wilted violet petals…”
– Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate (March, 2015)
“Suave when first poured, this wine’s scent of dark cherries and an earthy bottom note keep it grounded and seductive. The palate is a quiet marvel of succulence…”
– Wine & Spirits (April 2015)
94 points and a “Cellar Selection” by Wine Enthusiast Magazine…
– Wine Enthusiast (December, 2014)