Elk Cove Vineyards 2014 La Bohème Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton, $60

Perhaps no vineyard in the Elk Cove portfolio serves as a better example of the quality and bounty of the 2014 vintage than La Bohème. The site was established in 1985 with cuttings from top-performing Pommard vines across the original estate vineyard that’s just east of the Campbell family’s tasting room in the hills above Gaston, Ore. Second-generation winemaker Adam Campbell was able to double La Bohème production from the 2013 vintage, and yet he was able to take this a notch beyond. The continued barrel program of 10 months with 50% new French oak creates dark and plummy aromas of black cherry, raspberry and Dr Pepper include vanilla bean, toast and French roast coffee bean. Rich tannins and vibrant acidity come with flavors of Montmorency cherry, chocolate-covered pomegranate, Craisins and fresh mint. And remarkably, the Campbells dropped the price by 20 percent from the previous bottling.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 759 cases

Alcohol: 14%

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