Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Elk Cove Pinot Noir “La Boheme” 2003 wine review by (PB)

A few months back in our dark and dreary Maine winter I found solace in a coastal wine shop called “The Clown.” Martin Gottlieb recommended this wine which I took home with me and laid down until the right time, and meal.

The right meal arrived: Grilled halved, Maine lobster (for an appetizer) with Tuscan style tuna steaks—also grilled and the first harvest of home grown aspargus. (I was a little nervous about the pairing but not too much.)

This Oregon Pinot has classic Pinot “stink” and a layer of dried cherries with light straw-berry notes on the opening swirl. The color of this wine is light with a watermelon colored rim.

In the mouth this wine is luscious with currant notes but is tightly wound on opening. There is a smoky, almost BBQ finish which is interesting. But this wine needs about a half hour of air.

With breathing this Oregon Pinot is elegant with currant flavors predominant with strawberry, raspberry and cherry hints. The palate is just superb all the way around; a very nicely made pour.

The review is understated; this wine was so easy to drink we just wanted to keep filling our glasses. The pairing was perfect and the only bad part of the whole evening was that the bottle ran out so fast.

I paid $33 for this beauty though I have seen it in the Boston area for as low as $23. Either way, this wine was worth it…and more. Raise a glass!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

maybe the bbq finish had more to do with the grilling than the wine.