VOL 11, ISSUE 50
Aug 27, 2019

Elevee Winegrowers

Owner(s) France Fitzpatrick, Tom Fitzpatrick
Web site www.eleveewines.com
 
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Elevee Winegrowers

This vineyard is owned and farmed by Tom and France Fitzpatrick. Situated in the heart of the Dundee Hills, the vineyard was planted in 1998 at an elevation of 490 to 540 feet. The vineyard is certified LIVE and Salmon Safe.

The first vintage was 2012. Pinot Noir grapes are sold to Penner-Ash.

Reviewed Wines

2016 Élevée Winegrowers Björnson Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., 300 cases, $50. Released September 1, 2018. 15-acre vineyard planted beginning in 2006 to Pommard, Wädenswil and Dijon clones in Nekia series volcanic soil. 50% 777, 50% Pommard. 100% de-stemmed, 10-day cold soak, native inoculum, aged 11 months in French oak barrels, 29% new. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. Engaging aromas of cherry, wine cask and brewed tea. Mid weight plus in concentration, with a fat core of ripe black cherry and blackberry fruits. Exceptionally good energy, with harmonious tannins and excellent finishing power. More engaging when tasted several hours after opening with better oak integration. Score: 93. Reviewed March 23, 2019 ARTICLE »

2016 Élevée Winegrowers Élevée Vineyard Dundee Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.8% alc., 350 cases, $50. Released September 1, 2018. A 4-acre high-density planting in volcanic (Jory) soil. 43% 777, 43% 115 and 14% Pommard. 100% de-stemmed, 10-day cold soak, native inoculum, aged 11 months in French oak barrels, 36% new. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. Aromas of red cherry and raspberry, sandalwood and musk lead to a mid weight styled wine that is elegant in character, offering an oak-kissed cherry core. Very refined with sound acidity and a modest but satisfying finish. Much better when tasted several hours after opening as the oak reached better integration. Score: 92. Reviewed March 23, 2019 ARTICLE »

2016 Élevée Winegrowers Madrona Hill Vineyard Chehalem Mountains Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., 300 cases, $50. Released September 1, 2018. Vineyard consists of 19 acres planted to Pommard and Dijon clones in Laurelwood series (Loess) soil. 100% de-stemmed, 10-day cold soak, native inoculum, aged 11 months in French oak barrels, 30% new. · Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. Shy aromas of black cherry, black raspberry, and pine. Big and bold in the mouth in a mid weight plus style, offering boastful flavors of black cherry and purple berry framed by supportive tobacco oak. Nice harmony, with gracious tannins and a fruit-driven finish. Score: 92. Reviewed March 23, 2019 ARTICLE »

2015 Élevée Winegrowers Élevée Vineyard Dundee Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.7% alc., 300 cases, $48. Vineyard is located on a south-facing slope at 540 feet. Volcanic Jory series soil, vines densely planted. 100% de-stemmed, native fermentation, aged 12 months in French oak barrels, 38% new. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. Up-front aromas of cherry and spice pick up power over time in the glass. Flavors of strawberry, ripe cherry and raspberry, in a discretely concentrated style with a silken mouth feel and the right touch of oak. A bit of grippy tannin shows up on the finish, but this should be more accommodating with more time in the bottle. This wine is quintessential Dundee Hills in character and is quite affable now. Score: 93. Reviewed May 10, 2018 ARTICLE »

2014 ÉLEVÉE Winegrowers ÉLEVÉE Vineyard Dundee Hills Oregon Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., 300 cases, $48. Release August 1, 2016. 50% Dijon 777 and 50% Dijon 115. 100% de-stemmed, 80-day cold soak, native inoculum, aged 11 months in French oak barrels, 33% new. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. The nose is highly inviting, with soaring aromas of cherry, rose petal and spice. Lighter in style and elegant, but plenty of weighty red cherry and red raspberry flavors framed by juicy acidity and silky tannins. The wine is seamless, with an engaging mouthfeel and an intriguing bit of iron minerality. Score: 92. Reviewed July 9, 2016 ARTICLE »

2012 Élevée Winegrowers Élevée Vineyard Dundee Hills Oregon Pinot Noir

150 cases. From a 5-acre vineyard planted in 1998 in Jory soils owned and farmed by Tom Fitzpatrick. Native yeast fermentation, aged in 25% new French oak barrels. · Moderate cherry red color in the glass. Great Dundee Hills typicality in this wine with soaring aromas of red cherry and baking spices and mid weight flavors of cherry, cranberry accented by earth and iron mineral tastes. Juicy, even slightly tart, with nicely integration oak and some finishing power. Reviewed September 18, 2016 ARTICLE »



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