2008 Pinot Noir Reserve
We only make a reserve in years we consider unique and exceptional, blending wine from only the very best barrels from all five of our vineyards.
The 2008 Reserve is aging beautifully. Luscious black fruit and red fruit components remain surprisingly youthful, although the fruit characters have blended and melded with age. Structure is an important component of the Reserve, with great depth in its barrel toast components and a fruit intensity that make it an exemplary Oregon Pinot Noir.
According to Rob Verant, Elk Cove’s CFO “This is why wine is more interesting than beer – just call it awesome.”
93 Points “Bright ruby. Pungent, intensely spicy bouquet of raspberry and blackberry preserves, potpourri, wilted rose and cola…”
– Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar (July 1, 2010)
92 Points “Crisp in texture and tightly wound, with a strong mineral note running through the dark berry and licorice flavors…”
– Wine Spectator (August 18, 2010)
94 Points “Dark ruby in color, it proffers a super-expressive bouquet of pain grille, underbrush, wild berries, and exotic spice notes. Satin textured with dense, layered fruit bordering on opulent, this plush offering is incipiently complex. Give it another 3-4 years of cellaring and it will be singing like an operatic diva”
– Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate (October 31, 2010)