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.
Vintage 2006 certainly has everyone offering up grand descriptions! “Everything ripened beautifully.” “This is a rarity.” “A warm, fully ripe vintage.” Fruit set was ideal with a mild spring. Months that followed were warm and dry, with short-lived heat spikes and a few intermittent cooling rains in the fall, advancing fruit ripeness. Feelings abound in the valley that the 2006 vintage seems to be a combination of the 1999’s depth and the ripeness of 2003 (the only vintage warmer than 2006), but with better flavors and natural balance. The Pinot Noirs specifically seem to be very true to form with velvety tannins and a sexiness evocative of Pinot’s feminine side. Put this with softer, darker blue fruits that are more generous and it’s the makings of exceptional wines! In general, this vintage had us searching for negatives, finding only the six days of over 86 degrees in early harvest to fret over. But the results seem to be close to perfect!
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 5-20 years
- Yield 2 tons/acre
- Harvest Sugars 25.6 Brix
- pH 3.68
- Vatting Fermentation in small open top steel fermenters. 10 months in French oak.
- Cases Produced 360
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)