Shimmering ruby-red. Powerful cherry cola, black raspberry, candied licorice and exotic spices on the fragrant nose. Appealingly sweet and pliant in texture, offering juicy red and dark berry flavors, a touch of succulent herbs and a spicy flourish that builds on the back half. Finishes long and smoky, with a repeating cherry note and subtle tannic grip.
– Vinous (February, 2022)
2019 is an excellent vintage for Elk Cove, despite whatever fire-related weather and smoke issues the Willamette Valley was suffering. Perhaps the northwest corner location was spared the smoke; in any event the estate-grown Pinots are fruit-driven, beautifully ripened, clean and textured and immediately delicious. The Mount Richmond adds a touch of leather to its blackberry fruit, along with refreshing minerality and a neat streak of espresso. Trailing out the finish is a note of clean straw. Drink now and through the middle of the decade.
– Wine Enthusiast (December, 2021)
“Aromas of cherries, plums, raspberries and vanilla bean with sweet spices. Medium-bodied with powdery tannins and lively acidity. Racy and textured. Long, flavorful finish. Drink or hold.”
– James Suckling (July, 2021)
“From a steep-sloped vineyard comes this earth-toned, dusty cherry fragranced Pinot Noir. A bowlful of black cherries, Santa Rosa plums, mushrooms, licorice, black raspberries, and Asian spices swirl delectable on the palate. Refined tannins and forever finish cap off the striking package.”
– Slow Wine Guide USA (June, 2022)
“The generous stream of red and blue fruit melds with mocha, fig preserves, and nutmeg for an elegantly appointed mouthfeel.”
– The Tasting Panel Magazine (June 2021)