2017 PINOT NOIR
VINEYARD | MOUNT RICHMOND EAST
BLOCK | TOP OF THE DOME
cloneS | Pommard, 115, 777
APPELLATION | Yamhill-Carlton
WINEMAKER | Adam Campbell
HARVEST DATEs | SEPTEMBER 21–24, 2017
BOTTLING | AUGUST 15, 2018
ALCOHOL | 13%
PRODUCTION | 60 BOTTLES / 5 cases
This five-case lot is a barrel selection from our Mount Richmond East Vineyard. We like to call this site the “Thunderdome” because of its inverted bowl-shape. If you stand at its peak overlooking the Yamhill Valley, you might hear the echoing sound of bull elk clashes. This hilltop has very little to no top soil and great drainage, which is fantastic for growing Pinot noir. Spice-driven aromatics introduce the powerful and concentrated black fruit of this complex wine. Its intense flavors of Italian plum are balanced by a deep earthiness. This wine will age beautifully.
Two elk enter, one elk leaves. Outside the town of Yamhill, Oregon atop the dome of Mount Richmond, the thunderous sound of jousting bull elk echoes across the valley at first light. Love and compassion, their day is coming! Will our story shine like a light, or end in the dark? Give it all or nothing! We don’t need another hero; all we want is wine beyond the THUNDERDOME.
Founded in 1974 by Joe and Pat Campbell, the Elk Cove Estate was the first vineyard and winery in what would become the esteemed Yamhill-Carlton AVA. Named for the majestic Roosevelt Elk that roam the nearby hills, we craft our 100% estate wines from six vineyard sites in the Northern Willamette Valley. We’re known for outstanding single-vineyard Pinot noirs and vibrant cool-climate white wines. We remain proudly family-owned under the management of second-generation winemaker and fifth-generation farmer Adam Campbell.