Appellation: Willamette Valley
Second-generation winemaker Adam Campbell crafts some of the finest Pinot Noir in Oregon (and thats saying something). He loves highlighting specific vineyard sites that are special to him, and Mount Richmond is one of his favorites. This estate vineyard was planted in 1996 with high-quality Pommard clone cuttings. The result is a delicious Pinot with aromas of strawberries, rhubarb and a hint of forest floor, followed by juicy flavors of boysenberries, dark cherries and a touch of new leather. Its all backed with silky tannins and near-perfect acidity. Rated Outstanding by GreatNorthwestWine.com. (13.5 percent alcohol)
Cases produced: 696.
Food matches: This beautifully balanced red will pair well with filet mignon, sausage, lentils and creamy cheeses.
Elk Cove Vineyards, 27751 N.W. Olson Road, Gaston, Ore., 503-985-7760, www.elkcove.com.