This 2014 Elouan Pinot Noir is richer and more full bodied than what is typical of Oregon Pinot Noir, which generally is very lean. Bright ruby red in color. Ripe cranberry, sweet cinnamon and fresh cherry create an inviting bouquet, with a subtle earthiness. The palate shows texture and weight with firm acidity that carries the flavor through. The flavor profile shows red plum, bright cherry, minerality, dusty earth, and a hint of sweet tobacco, creating rustic layers of flavor with soft refined tannins.
The 2014 vintage in Oregon was outstanding —the kind we haven’t seen for a long time, with above average temperatures and a very even growing season that led to higher Brix. We see greater varietal intensity in the fruit—more of a ‘ripe Burgundy’ style. Fruit from the Umpqua Valley AVA shows the most intensity while subtlety is seen in the Willamette Valley Pinot Noirs.