2005 was an interesting year, with one of the driest winters and wettest springs on record! And unlike recent vintages that brought warmer weather, early ripeness and higher alcohol, this year’s harvest occurred later than most expected, resulting in cooler temperatures that will lead to lower alcohol levels, structured acidity and ideal flavor development. Vintage 2005 in the Willamette Valley will be a return to finesse and elegance, which has long characterized classic Oregon wines. Winemaker Adam Godlee Campbell states, “these are not the big block buster pinots of 2003. Instead they are pretty, food-friendly wines with great aging potential, showing a purity of fruit.”
Mount Richmond Vineyard sits on Willakenzie soils in the heart of the Yamhill Carlton AVA. The site was purchased in 1996 as a partnership between winemaker Adam Campbell, his wife Carrie, and Elk Cove founders Pat and Joe Campbell.
The motivation for planting Mount Richmond was to emulate the wine quality from sites such as our esteemed Roosevelt vineyard. The vineyard now holds the honor as the largest vineyard holding of Elk Cove, totaling 105 planted acres.
Mount Richmond sits at 300-500 feet elevation, lower than the vineyards planted at the winery, which allows for earlier ripening. Planted in a high-density format (2100 vines/acre), similar to Roosevelt, Mount Richmond sits in rolling hills just outside the town of Yamhill just East of the Coast Range Mountains. In addition to the old vine pommard selection, planted from select cuttings off of Roosevelt Vineyard, the blend now also includes equal parts of Dijon clones 115 and 777.
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 Mount Richmond is fermented in small, temperature controlled steel tanks, hand punched down twice daily, and barreled in 40% new french oak barrels. After 10 months of aging in barrels, only the barrels that are most representative of the Mount Richmond profile are carefully blended to create a big, luscious Oregon Pinot Noir.
- Vine Age 9 years
- Yield 1.8 tons/acre
- Harvest Sugars 23.1 Brix
- pH 3.81
- Vatting Fermentation in small open top steel fermenters. 10 months in French oak.
- Cases Produced 1,281 Six-Bottle Cases
88 Points “Supple, velvety and generous…”
– Wine Spectator (May 15, 2007)
90 Points “…This is a tight, crisp, elegant wine…”
– Wine Enthusiast (March 31, 2007)
88 Points. Three Clusters. “Bright red. Powerful raspberry and cherry preserve aromas, with deeper suggestions of plum and espresso. Deep and sweet, with supple tannins supporting lush red and dark berry flavors and an exotic oak spice note on the finish. Brightens with air, picking up a hint of candied rose. Showing well now.”
– Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar (April 30, 2007)
Three Clusters. “…this is a vibrant wine whose balance of acid and remarkably subtle tannins make for a long and elegant taste experience…”
– Northwest Palate (February 28, 2007)