2002 Pinot Noir Reserve
The 2002 Pinot Noir Reserve may be the finest Pinot Noir ever produced at Elk Cove Vineyards. This label is held in the highest regard at Elk Cove and only used when a truly unique vintage and barrel blend warrant it. A blend of a select few vineyards, this eight-barrel lot was crafted to highlight the deep ruby color and concentrated rich ripe black cherry flavors. These intertwine with a pleasant note of cocoa and exotic spices on the palate.
Our winemaking team considers barrels from all of our estate plantings to make our Reserve the very best Pinot Noir we can produce. A good portion of the 8 barrels we blend to create the Reserve typically comes from our esteemed Roosevelt Vineyard, with additional components from Mount Richmond and La Bohème Vineyards.
We only produce an Elk Cove Reserve Pinot Noir in exceptional vintages. Our Reserve is blended from the very best barrels in our entire cellar, selected by careful tasting trials performed by our winemaking team. About 80% of those barrels are new oak from the finest French coopers. Our Reserve is both big and structured, designed to improve with cellaring for 20+ years.
- Vine Age 7-27 years
- Yield 1.8 tons/acre
- Harvest Sugars 25.4 Brix
- pH 3.75
- Vatting Fermentation in small open top steel fermenters. 10 months in French oak.
- Cases Produced 200