Black Oak Vineyard Elkton Oregon Umpqua Valley Southern Oregon Oregon
99 cases produced
Dry farmed grapevines
You can find River’s Edge Winery perched above the banks of the Umpqua River, on the outskirts of the small town of Elkton. The Elkton Oregon appellation is nested within the larger Umpqua Valley AVA and is the coolest wine-growing region, influenced by the Pacific Ocean, just 25 miles west. Their Black Oak Vineyard is situated at about 250 feet elevation, with planting dating back to 1973, making it one of the oldest in Oregon.
The fruit for this wine was harvested on September 21, 2016 and, after destemming, allowed to spontaneously begin fermenting with the native yeast found on the grapes. It was then inoculated with commercial yeast and eventually moved into 28 French oak barrels to age for almost a year. The best tasting four barrels were selected to become this particular wine.
Earthy forest floor notes blended well with fruity, berry aromas of strawberries, tayberries, black raspberries and cherries.
This Pinot was bright and tart with all the berries found in the aromatics plus notes of caramel, toffee and mocha. The prickly tannins smoothed out with a little air exposure, and enveloped my entire mouth, ending in a long finish. It was luscious and full, reminiscent of a light, port-like wine.
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