2006 Pinot Noir Reserve
The finest Pinot Noirs ever produced at Elk Cove Vineyards may fall under our designation of Reserve. This label is held in the highest regard at Elk Cove and only used when a truly unique vintage and barrel blend warrant it! And how fitting that such conditions existed in 2006 ~ our 30th Anniversary Vintage! Truly making this a unique and rare bottling. Blended from a select few vineyards, this nine-barrel lot was crafted to highlight the opulence coming from this spectacular vintage.
This wine has perfumed aromatics that accentuate the deep garnet color, which only intensifies on the palate with subtle undertones of cocoa powder and classic black cherry fruit. The finish is long and balanced with ample texture for aging. Only the finest French cooperage was used on this blend, consisting of 80% new oak and all 3-year air-dried, Burgundian coopered Allier barrels.
93 Points “Rich, ripe, and expressive…”
– Wine Spectator (August 1, 2008)
93 Points “…This is the wine you pull out for a special occasion…”
– Wine Enthusiast (November 15, 2008)
– Wine & Spirits (December 1, 2008)
92 Points “The 2006 Reserve is Elk Cove’s show stopper…”
– Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate (November 1, 2008)
“…Real poise on the wine. Willamette sweetness plus structure. Pretty snazzy…”
– Report on Evolution of Oregon Wines Tasting (August 1, 2009)
4 Stars “…A glass makes you want the bottle, the bottle makes you want another…”
– Decanter (June 1, 2009)