2018 ELOUAN PINOT NOIR:
FROM THE BEGINNING, OUR GOAL WITH ELOUAN WAS TO PRODUCE PINOT NOIR AND CHARDONNAY THAT SHOWCASED OREGON'S PREMIER WESTERN MARITIME REGIONS. WE BRING TOGETHER FRUIT FROM THREE DISTINCT TERRAINS THAT HARMONIZE BEAUTIFULLY WHEN BLENDED AS ONE, TO CREATE WINES WITH INTENSE STRUCTURE AND VIBRANT ACIDITY.
The winter of 2018 was abnormally dry and warm until mid-February. A cold and wet spring delayed bud break by one week, but a temperate April and May led to rapid, healthy growth. Drought conditions returned in June and July, and warm summer temperatures moved the vintage quickly to veraison in late July. The warm summer transitioned to cool fall weather in early September, allowing the fruit to mature evenly while retaining nice acidity and ripe fruit flavors. Harvest began in early September and was completed by mid-October.
Dark ruby red in color, this wine opens up with aromas of dark cherry, persimmon, dark chocolate, and sweet pipe tobacco. The palate is rich, robust, and well-balanced, with solid structure and intense flavors of bing cherry, cocoa, candied cranberry, and boysenberry. Superb depth and concentration complement rich tannins and lead into a smooth medium finish.
Salmon with arugula, feta, and quinoa, flank steak with chimichurri, or heavy ricotta and ravioli with a light red sauce.