2005 Pinot Blanc Willamette Valley
This new varietal for Elk Cove Vineyards is true to our style of white wines; clean, crisp and focused on the fruit. While great ripeness is apparent in this wine, lean and racy also describes the 2005 Pinot Blanc. This fruit is blended of, not only, both Elk Cove Vineyards’ Estate and Mount Richmond vineyards but also three other sites in the Willamette Valley, Helmick Hill near Monmouth, Meredith Mitchell in McMinnville and Tukwilla near Dundee. We hope you enjoy this new wine selection from Elk Cove Vineyards, as we are proud to add it to our “family” of wines!
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. Specifically, the white wines will be brightly aromatic with well-balanced fruit-to-acid ratios and refreshingly normal alcohol levels!
The fruit for this Pinot Blanc is hand-harvested from select hillside vineyards in the northern Willamette Valley, including our Five Mountain, Mount Richmond and Estate vineyards.
The Willamette Valley has an ideal climate for Pinot Blanc, a delicate grape variety – enough sunlight and warmth for ripening, with cooler night temperatures that help retain varietal character. To preserve this freshness, our Pinot Blanc is whole-cluster pressed then fermented at very cool temperatures in small stainless steel tanks, all of which accentuates aromatics and enhances the richness and complexity of the wine.
- Vine Age 5-15 years
- Yield 2.8 tons/acre
- Harvest Sugars 23 Brix
- pH 3.25
- Vatting Whole-cluster pressed and cold fermented in small stainless steel tanks.
- Cases Produced 1,750