Vineyard: Elk Prairie

AppellationHumboldt County
VarietiesPinot Noir

Reviewed wines produced from this vineyard

2013 Briceland Vineyards Humboldt County Pinot Noir

13.6% alc., 212 cases, $31. A blend from four southern Humboldt County vineyards: Lost Coast, Espey, Elk Prarie and Phelps. Aged 1 year in a combination of mostly older Virginia and French oak barrels. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. The nose has a prominent oak overlay with clove and vanilla scents dominating the black cherry fruit. Much better on the palate with a mid weight charge of cherry and raspberry fruit that fills the mouth with plenty of sweet sap. A mellow wine with plenty of Pinot charm sporting modest tannins and crisp acidity. Considerably more appealing the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle with plenty of black cherry and spice presence supported by oak. Score: 89. Reviewed January 23, 2015 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2013 Joseph Jewell Elk Prairie Vineyard Humboldt County Pinot Noir

12.91% alc., 50 cases, $39. This vineyard is located at 1200 feet elevation on Fruitland Ridge. · Light strawberry red in color, Highly aromatic, with a perfume of strawberry shortcake, red cherry and sandalwood. Lighter in weight, featuring flavors of red cherry, red berry, strawberry, blueberry and spice. The tannins are hidden, and the finish is mildly tart. Considerably more enjoyable when tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle, showing soaring aromatics and highly expressive fruit with plenty of charm. Score: 91. Reviewed March 12, 2016 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2012 Briceland Vineyards Reserve Humboldt County Pinot Noir

13.7% alc., 25 cases, $45. A blend of grapes from Phelps, Ronda’s and Elk Prarie vineyards, held for more than 30 months in oak and bottled in the fall of 2015. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Considerable nuances in this wine offering aromas of dark stone and berry fruits, woodfern, underbrush and bittersweet chocolate. The full-bodied flavors of blackest cherry and blackberry are augmented by an appealing peppery spice. Substantial tannins attack the finish with a vengeance, but are well matched to the fruit load. Decant if you drink now, but a few years in the cellar would be preferable. Score: 92. Reviewed January 17, 2016 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2011 Deux Punx Elk Prairie Vineyard Humboldt County Pinot Noir

12.8% alc., $36. Harvested at 21º Brix. Native fermentation, aged in neutral French oak barrels. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. Very aromatic with bright, clean aromas of fresh red cherries and berries, some rose petal, and a touch of forest floor and bark. Middleweight flavors of black cherries with an interesting, even intriguing, undercurrent of wood plank grilled fruit and veggies. Different, but it works. The wine has impressive length on the finish that sails along. Very smooth in the mouth and beautifully crafted. The tree on the label is appropriate. Still impressive the following day from a previously opened and recorked bottle. Score: 90. Reviewed September 5, 2013 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2009 Briceland Vineyards Elk Prarie Vineyard Humboldt County Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., 125 cases, $27. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Bright aromas of black cherries, blueberries, sandalwood, forest floor and vanillin increasing in appeal over time in the glass. Complex and nuanced, with flavors of raspberries, ripe strawberries, cherries, baking spice, cinnamon, and sassafras. Strikes a chord on the mid palate, elegantly soft in texture, finishing with modest but pleasing intensity. There is plenty going on in this chameleon of a wine which changes constantly in the glass. Outstanding. Reviewed November 2, 2011 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2009 Joseph Jewell Elk Prarie Vineyard Humboldt County Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., pH 3.39, TA 0.63, 100 cases, $39. The vineyard sits at 1,200 feet on Fruitland Ridge. Yields were 1.75 tons per acre. 100% de-stemmed. Aged 10 months in 44% new Francois Frères and Rousseau French oak barrels. · Lightest in color of the 2009 Pinot Noirs. Beguiling aromas of cherry essence with hints of strawberry, rose petal and spice. Delicious core of medium-weighted black cherry and raspberry flavors impressing the mid palate and carrying over with emphasis on the lengthy finish. Mild dusty tannins and well-honed acidity create a beautifully balanced wine that really draws you back to the glass. A perfect marriage of pedigreed vineyard and impeccable winemaking. Reviewed January 11, 2012 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2009 Whitethorn Elk Prairie Vineyard Humboldt County Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., $40. · Ripe fruit aromas and mid weight plus, sappy flavors of black cherry, black raspberry and cassis are featured. Lovely fruit, which stars on the generous finish, but is somewhat buried by muscular tannins. Need a big ribeye steak for this one. Score: 89. Reviewed February 8, 2015 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2008 Bricelands Vineyards Elk Prarie Vineyard Humboldt County Pinot Noir

Table wine, 125 cases, $27. 23rd vintage. The vineyard is situated on a ridge that separates the Main Fork and South fork of the Eel River which provides a cooling influence. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. The nose is highly perfumed, bright and fruity, featuring well-spiced cherry aromas. Silky and seamless on the palate, with juicy flavors of cherries, raspberries, cranberries and a touch of loamy earth, finishing with aromatic purity and soft, sandy tannins. A wine that aims to please with its teasing pinotosity. Very good (+). Reviewed January 27, 2011 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2004 Elk Prairie Vineyard Humboldt County Pinot Noir

13.0% alc. $22. · The nose is more red fruits - raspberries and strawberries and the flavors trend toward black raspberry. There is appealing notes of earth and minerality. The lingering finish features taut and dusty tannins. A very nice Pinot. Reviewed May 7, 2007 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2002 Woodenhead Elk Prairie Vineyard Humboldt County Pinot Noir

14.1% alc. Woodenhead is a small artisanal producer of Pinot Noir and Zinfandel sourced primarily from vineyards in the Russian River Valley and Anderson Valley. The owner and winemaker is Nikolai Stez. The phone is 707-887-2703. The wines are offered on the website at · The aromas trump the flavors here. The perfume of deep, dark cherries and spicy oak draw you in. Blackberry and black cherry compose the flavor profile accented with a char note. A touch of phenolic bitterness mars the finish. Reviewed May 7, 2007 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2002 Elk Prairie Vineyard Humboldt County Pinot Noir

13.2% alc., $22. · The distinctive aromatics feature black raspberry, raisin and oak. The dark fruit core is highlighted by herbs and mocha and the finish is brisk. Some slight oxidation is creeping in. Reviewed May 7, 2007 WINERY » ARTICLE »