Elkhorn Peak Pinot Noir Napa Valley 2007
About The Wine Winery: When Ken Nerlove started growing grapes in the Napa Valley in 1983, he had no idea of what he was doing....but he had a vision. What he thought is that the area that he purchased land in Napa, the Jamieson Canyon area, would grow excellent grapes, more specifically Pinot Noir grapes. Now, 28 years later, he was dead on his belief. Because now, Jamieson Canyon is considered on the best regions in the Napa Valley to grow Pinot Noir grapes.<br/><br/> The travels to produce world class Pinot Noir was not an easy task. Nor was it cheap.<br/><br/> Starting with virgin land, much money and hard work was expended over a period of ten years to develop an exceptional South facing hillside vineyard that produces all the grapes for the Elkhorn Peak brand.<br/><br/> And lot of growers followed the footsteps of Nerlove. Now, the Jamieson Canyon region is heavily planted by the large wineries. And most of it is planted to Pinot Noir.<br/><br/> Nerlove's vision was correct....nearly thirty years later!<br/><br/> Our 2007 Elkhorn Peak Pinot Noir is an exceptional bottle of wine. It is a combination of seven different "clones" of Pinot Noir. Each of the different clones exhibits the characteristics and nuances that contribute to a bottle of Pinot Noir that is sure to make you crave for more.<br/><br/> Oup philosophy of making wine is simple. Grow the best grapes you can in the best location you can. We grow only 2.5 tons per acre. By keeping the crop levels low, we consistently achieve the optimum ripeness and flavor profiles that we are looking for.<br/><br/> When it comes to the winemaking process, we approach it from the "hands off" method.<br/>That is, we let the wine ferment and develop in the direction that it tends to go.....we direct it, but never "force" to something that it not. The results have been outstanding.<br/>We have consistently produced world class Pinot Noirs that are very similar to the 2007 vintage. The 2007 Pinot noir is rich in flavors with a silky smooth mouth feel. The aromas are consistent with black cherry . The 2007 is drinking absolutely wonderful now, but will lay down for a number of years.<br/><br/> Keep in mind one thing.....wine is fun! It is a great social beverage. It complements foods. There is always interesting conversation when wine is being served. But keep it in perspective. Don't take it too seriously. Enjoy it as you enjoy life....with a passion!<br/><br/> Ken Nerlove<br/>Grower and Owner<br/>Elkhorn Peak Cellars<br/><br/>
Napa Valley small production winery. Specializing in Estate grown Pinot Noir. Also produces Chardonnay and Syrah.
Rarely have I tasted a Pinot that ages this elegantly. The depth of flavor is revealed with every sip. On the nose, you get a true burgundy-style, earthy, plum flavors. The palate delights and amazes with undertones of chocolate and mocha. This is a beautiful wine not to be missed!
External Reviews for Elkhorn Peak Pinot Noir Napa Valley
Rating: 83/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the October 2010 issue. When Pinot Noir is right, it is supple and seductively fruity, but neither suppleness nor seduction is to found in this slightly thin and underfilled wine, and instead an unwelcome suggestion of earth surpasses any positive fruit.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Drinkable now. Unlikely to improve with further aging.
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