Elk Cove is one of Oregon’s oldest and most respected wineries. Wines have been made here since 1977 by the Campbell family. Adam Campbell today works with his parents as the full time winemaker, keeping the business family owned and run. The estate covers 80 ha in four distinct sites all in the prestigious Northern Willamette Valley.
The Five Mountain vineyard is set on a steep southeast facing slope in the Chehalem Mountains AVA, with a spectacular view of the five volcanoes of the Cascade Range - hence the name. This historic vineyard on loess soil was planted in 1978. Five Mountain now totals 30 acres including the original 4.2 acres of old-vine Pommard clone Pinot Noir.
The fruit is fermented in small, temperature controlled steel tanks, hand punched down twice daily and barrelled in 23% new French oak barrels. After 10 months of aging, only the barrels that are most representative of the Five Mountain profile are carefully blended to create a rich, earthy Oregon Pinot Noir.
Grape Variety: 100% Pinot Noir
Tasting note: A seductive nose of bramble fruits, damson a touch of pepper and hints of game. Plump, juicy palate full of forthright, expressive Pinot character with an earthy undertone. The tsnnins are ripe, soft and long. A top-quality Oregon Pinot Noir.
Food Match: Roast pigeon or slow roast lamb
Awards: 91 Robert Parker
Farming Practices: Vegan - Contains Sulfites
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