Founded in 1974 by Pat and Joe Campbell, Elk Cove Vineyards is one of Oregon’s oldest family farmed wineries. Their son Adam took on the winemaking role in 1995 and has continued the family traditions. Viewing themselves as “stewards of the land” sustainable methods are used in both the vineyards and winery. They use cover crops rather then fertilizers, goats for weeding, solar panels for up to 40% of their energy consumption, recycling and utilizing Eco-Glass for up to 50% of their bottles. Grapes for the Willamette Valley Pinot Noir were sourced from all five of their vineyard blocks, along with a small amount “from other producers who are longtime friends of Elk Cove”.
A straightforward lighter styled Pinot Noir with aromas of cherry and earth. Cherry, strawberry and crushed white peppercorn joined hints of funky mushroom notes, whilst a balancing acidity and silky smooth tannins created an elegant pairing with 3 cheese, artichoke and herb pizza. Although a thoroughly enjoyable glass, I would be remiss if I didn’t add that for the price point I was expecting a bit more presence.
100% Pinot Noir
Produced and Bottled by Elk Cove Vineyards
Enjoy now thru 2015
Barrica photobombed by Vanessa
The Candela family has a winemaking history that dates back to 1925 when Pedro Candela Soriano founded a small winery in the Yecla region of southeast Spain. Today Señorio de Barahonda is the oldest winery in the Yecla region, and the family group encompasses the Candela family estates along with Viña de Aliagar estates. Barrica is sourced from organically farmed estate vineyards with vines over 60 years old.
Dark garnet in colour with aromas of cherry, spicy black peppercorn and oak. Plush flavours of black currant and cherry evolved into licorice, black peppercorn and toasted oak notes in the lengthy finish. A fantastic synthesis of fruit and spice, this is a focused glass wonderful with a wide variety of dishes.
75% Monastrell, 25% Syrah
Bottled by Señorio de Barahonda S.L.
Rated 92 points by the Wine Advocate
Altés Herencia Garnatxa Negra is a collaboration between renowned importer Eric Solomon and Nuria Altes, owner of the Herencia Altés estate. Located in the Terra Alta region of northern Spain, the estate consists of some of the oldest vineyards in the area. The family protects and cares for the old vine vineyards, devoted to crafting wines of depth and character that express the “distinct terroir, a particular place with its unique soil, aspect and climatic condition”.
Inky red-violet in colour with aromas of blackberry, cherry, and traces of damp forest floor. Smooth dry tannins balanced bright strawberry and raspberry flavours, whilst bitter cherry and dark chocolate notes comprised the clean finish. A superb value, this is a wonderful and versatile companion at the table.
100% Garnacha Negra
Bottled for Herencia Altés by R.E.-3890-T
Enjoy thru 2016
Rated 91 points by the Wine Advocate
The Cecchi family estate was founded in 1893 and has become renowned for their “classic in style” wines. Their winemaking vision centers on the belief that there is an “unbreakable union between wine and terroir”. Throughout the past century, the family has always placed an emphasis on protecting the soil and environment, and today employs sustainable methods in both the vineyards and the winemaking processes. Bonizio takes its name from the boldest cowboy to ride amongst the legendary cowboys of Tuscany’s coastal Maremma region. The grapes were sourced from the Maremma area and hills of the Chianti Classico region.
Pleasantly dry tannins in the medium body supported straightforward fruit flavours of black cherry and plum, whilst earthy, dry leaves along with white peppercorn lingered comfortably between each sip. Cheerful and food-friendly, this is a fantastic addition to weekday dinners. [And a great value!]
Best enjoyed slightly chilled.
80% Merlot, 20% Sangiovese
IGT [Indicazione Geografica Tipica]
[Bottling information not listed on the label]
Enjoy now thru 2015
Notorious for its witty, conversing bears on the label, BearBoat is a brand of the Rémy Cointreau Group, which dates back to 1724 and is one of the world’s leading wine and spirits group [renowned for its famous cognac]. Holding Master of Viticulture and Enology degrees, Raphaël Brisbois is the winemaker for the Bearboat label since 1997. Brisbois aims to make food friendly wines that are expressive of where they come from. He doesn’t “copy wines from other regions”, rather he believes to craft unique wines you “make your best with the grapes grown under your own soils and climate”.
Inky red violet in colour with aromas of blackberry, vanilla and forest. Black currant, blackberry and raspberry flavours were joined by a vivid acidity, whilst licorice, toasted oak and caramel elements comprised the generous finish. On the lighter side of Syrah and with a pleasantly rustic nature, this is a friendly accompaniment to a wide variety of dishes.
Russian River Valley
Produced and Bottled by BearBoat
$20 [average price]
Enjoy now thru 2015