The 2001 vintage is softer and prettier than previous vintages of this wine. It still has the hallmark spicy black pepper aromatics, but shows a highlighted brightness and red cherry fruit on the palate and a long finish. 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 27 years
- Yield 2.1 tons/acre
- Harvest Sugars 23.8 Brix
- pH 3.65
- Vatting Fermentation in small open top steel fermenters. 10 months in French oak.
- Cases Produced 298
90 Points “Bright and generous, elegantly balanced to show off its strawberry, cherry and vanilla-spice flavors…”
– Wine Spectator (December 15, 2003)
– Wine Press Northwest (September 30, 2003)
91 Points “Smoky aromas kick start things, and then comes a blast of tar, char and pure red fruit…”
– Wine Enthusiast (August 31, 2003)
91 Points Smart Buy! “… full, dried cherry and blueberry flavors, spice and lavender notes…”
– Pinot Report (March 31, 2003)