The delicate nature of Oregon Pinot Noir requires a soft hand in the cellar. The clusters were 100% destemmed with a few select lots having small amounts of stems added back to the fermenter for phenolic augmentation. The must underwent an extended cold soak, ranging from five days to two weeks, and during fermentation both punch-down and pump-over techniques were utilized. We monitor the separate lots and tailor the extraction methods to the needs of each one. We find this style of reactive winemaking is the best way to coax the optimal terroir qualities from Pinot Noir, truly exemplifying the prime coastal vineyards from where it is sourced. The wine was aged for ten months in a mix of new and seasoned French oak and racked upon completion of malolactic fermentation.
Elouan Rosé brings together fruit from three regions along Oregon’s Coast: Willamette, Umpqua, and Rogue Valleys, with the majority of the fruit coming from the warmest of the three valleys: Rogue. The diversity of these cool climate areas combined with a long growing season creates wine with intensity of fruit flavor, structure, and a fresh vibrant acidity. This is a bespoke rosé where grapes were grown and harvested with the specific intention of making rosé; and not a saignée rosé, which can be a by-product of making red wine. This wine should be enjoyed very well chilled. It is finished with a screwcap to preserve the crisp, clean aromas and tastes, and is a great choice for outdoor occasions: picnics, lunch on the patio, or enjoyed on its own as an aperitif.
While Chardonnay can grow in many different climates, it thrives in cool, temperate regions like Oregon. Lively aromatics and generous fruit define the 2016 Elouan Chardonnay. Burnished gold in color, this Chardonnay starts off with unforgettable aromas of apricot, lemongrass and buttered popcorn that set the stage for beautifully melded flavors of honeydew melon, pear and lemon shortbread. Full bodied and supremely balanced, with lively acidity in perfect harmony with rich, roundfruit. Opulent mouthfeel with a clean finish.
The Rogue basin was created when the Klamath Range pushed up against the cascades, followed by eras of erosion forming a deep fertile bowl surrounded by protective hills. This geologic feature paired with the cool, mediterranean climate yields a pinot noir with weight and elegance. At Elouan, we work to focus these discrete elements into a unique Oregon Reserve Pinot Noir.
The ice age Missoula floods exposed the distinct, volcanic and marine sedimentary earth of our hillside Willamette sites, revealing the essential soil of this spectacular terrain. These well-drained soils – paired with the intensly cool, but un-drenched summers – create Pinot Noir of vibrancy and restraint. At Elouan, we work to focus these discrete elements into a unique Oregon Reserve Pinot Noir.