Concentrated flavors, elegance, and an uplifting natural acidity make this a lovely example of Adam Campbell's winemaking. Black cherry, asian spices, and berry fruit flavors finish long and a bit smoky. Sourced from a single vineyard site outside Yamhill, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate gave the previous vintage 91 points.
Detailed Info, Previous Vintage Notes, Reviews:
Tasting notes from 2004 Vintage
Wine Advocate 91 points: "...bursts rom the glass with spiced black cherry aromas. Medium to full-bodied, it has outstanding depth of fruit, harmony, and balance. This black cherry, Asian spice, and blackberry-flavored wine also displays a long, ripe, tannin-filled finish. Projected maturity: now through 2012."
Tanzer 89 points: "Plum, cherry and smoked meat on the brooding, ripe nose….dark fruit flavors accented by notes of espresso, black tea and licorice. Serious, almost musclebound pinot with considerable heft and power.” J.R.From the winery:
This vineyard site was purchased in 1996 in partnership between Adam and his wife Carrie, and parents Pat and Joe Campbell. The motivation for planting this vineyard was to emulate the wine quality from sites such as our esteemed Roosevelt vineyard. Mount Richmond sits at a lower elevation (300-500 feet) than the vineyards planted at the winery, which allows for earlier ripening. Planted in a high-density format (2100 vpa), similar to Roosevelt, it sits in rolling hills just outside the town of Yamhill in the shadow of the Pacific Northwest's Coast Range. The plant material sourced for Mount Richmond follows an old Burgundian tradition of selecting cuttings from the best plants (small clusters, tiny berries) from Roosevelt vineyard. It is the 4th generation of improved plant material (ECV Estate>La Boheme>Roosevelt> Mount Richmond), and all Pommard clone. This vineyard is completely dry-farmed and sits on Willakenzie soils.
Happily, 2004 has the potential to be an excellent vintage! Though production will be limited because yields were down by 20-50%. Around the state we experienced a phenomenon the French call coulure ~ unsettled weather during flowering, resulting in poor fruit set. This cold Spring weather naturally lowered crop sizes and then early Fall rains challenged picking. Yet, low yields do not indicate a loss of quality and extended warmth in late September produced healthy, balanced, and concentrated fruit. In addition, Elk Cove manages some of the highest elevation sites in the state, which typically results in an extended harvest. Late September's warmth extended harvest into late October, and ensured grapes of true maturity, offering the potential for ripeness and complexity without exaggerated alcohol levels. Fans of more elegant Pinot Noir will be pleased. Winemaker Adam Godlee Campbell reports "we have loose clusters and more concentrated flavors. This is a good year for us." 2004 promises to be a long-lived vintage with beautiful wines!