An excellent growing season in 2000 produced deeply ripe clusters and yielded a wine with intense black cherry and cassis aromas. Characteristic of Pinot Noirs from Windhill Vineyard, the peppery spice flavors complement the berry notes to offer a deliciously complex wine. The finish is long and smooth, with hints of caramel. With proper storage this wine will age gracefully for several years.
Elk Cove has produced single vineyard pinots from this beautiful hillside vineyard in Banks, Oregon since 1979. Wind Hill Vineyard was planted near the Hartwick Resevoir in 1974 by the Reese family, Oregon winegrowing pioneers, and was purchased by Elk Cove in 1996. South-facing slopes, volcanic soils, mid-level elevation (500 feet) and low yields make Wind Hill a superior vineyard site. We have farmed this vineyard using completely organic practices since 1999. Our Wind Hill Pinot Noir is produced from 4 acres of the oldest Pommard clone Pinot Noir vines on the property.
All of Elk Cove’s delicate Pinot Noir fruit undergoes the same gentle handling through our gravity flow system. This allows us to achieve the elegance, texture and luscious quality that are the hallmarks of exquisite Pinot Noir.
We produce this single vineyard wine using only pommard clone Pinot Noir grapes from our Wind Hill Vineyard. The wine is fermented in small, temperature controlled steel tanks, hand punched down twice daily then aged for ten months in 50% new French oak. Finally, our winemaking team blends only those barrels most representative of the spicy character and herbal tones of Wind Hill’s classic pinot noir fruit.
- Vine Age 26 years
- Yield 1.9 tons/acre
- Harvest Sugars 24.2 Brix
- pH 3.65
- Vatting Fermentation in small open top steel fermenters. 10 months in French oak.
- Cases Produced 540
87 Points “Crisp and juicy, appealing for its bright strawberry and floral aromas and flavors…”
– Wine Spectator
89 Points “Here is a young, forward Pinot bursting with flavors of fruit preserves, chocolate and cola…”
– Wine Enthusiast (March 31, 2003)
92 Points “…This is a big Pinot with a lot of nuance and character…”
– Pinot Report (March 31, 2003)