The 2001 vintage is showing the prettier and softer side of Pinot noir and Elk Cove’s premier vineyard site, Roosevelt is in keeping with this fact. A deep violet color, Roosevelt 2001 gives more fruit forwardness with red cherries, blueberries and a hint of vanilla bean. The supple mouthfeel balances essence of cloves and spice with softly integrated oak tannins on the finish. A delicate beauty that will age gracefully over the next twenty years.
Roosevelt vineyard was planted in 1993 and has quickly become Elk Cove’s most prized vineyard site. A four-acre high-density (2100 vines per acre) planting situated just south of the winery on Willakenzie soils, Roosevelt’s south-facing hillside slopes to a steep precipice overlooking the magnificent Williams Canyon.
Roosevelt undergoes extensive pruning and cluster thinning to limit yields and maximize ripening to concentrate the fruit and is managed using completely organic practices. All of these elements combine to consistently produce one of Oregon’s finest Pinot Noirs.
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.
This reserve level pinot noir is produced exclusively from grapes from our Roosevelt Vineyard. The wine is fermented in 70% new oak and only the best barrels are selected to create what many consider Elk Cove’s finest Pinot Noir.
- Vine Age 9 years
- Yield 1.8 tons/acre
- Harvest Sugars 24.2 Brix
- pH 3.7
- Vatting Fermentation in small open top steel fermenters. 10 months in French oak.
- Cases Produced 180
90 Points “Soft and seductive, the nose is redolent of primary fruits, with leafy, earthy undertones…”
– Wine Enthusiast (October 31, 2003)
91 Points “A wine that tastes of smoke and earth, elements that suggest great complexity for the future…”
– Wine & Spirits (January 31, 2004)