I think this is worthy of both the Fine Wine list and the regular email offer list. Elk Cove makes really widely appealing Pinot Noir in Oregon. Their style tends toward the fuller, bolder end of the spectrum, but it depends a lot on the site. A 1990 Elk Cove Reserve a couple of years back is still one of my benchmarks for New World Pinot Noir, so I believe that their wines have some longevity. They're certainly delicious on release, though, as evidenced by such high praise from the critics on this one. We've got a really big score with a mysteriously short note, and an amazing sounding note with a slightly lower, but still high, score, so I'll show you both.
From the critics:
"Brilliant ruby-red. Intense blackberry, cherry and sandalwood aromas are sharpened by peppery spices and a hint of orange peel. Juicy and broad in the mouth, offering sweet red and dark berry flavors that show liqueur-like power and no rough edges. The fruit-dominated finish features a sexy Asian spice quality and silky, well-knit tannins that come on late."
-Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar
Here's the deal:
2012 Elk Cove Vineyards
Mount Richmond Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley, Oregon
94 WS, 92 IWC
Regular Price: $54.99
Email Special: 10% Off: $49.49
3+ Bottles Email/online Special: 20% Off: $43.99
Available currently at D&L on Lexington St. Waltham or email email@example.com for shipping options.