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.
For our Elouan Rosé, we bring together fruit from three distinct terrains along Oregon’s premiere Western vineyards. The diversity of these cool climate areas combined with an elongated 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.
The 2017 Elouan Chardonnay opens with beautiful aromas of green apple, citrus, honeysuckle, and persimmon. Light gold in color, this Chardonnay has delightful flavors of guava, passion fruit, ripe peaches, and buttered popcorn. This wine has a smooth and luxurious mouthfeel, with a lingering and bright finish. Pair with Rainbow trout with garlic lemon herb sauce, Greek quinoa salad with feta cheese, or fish and chips with tartar sauce.
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 soil of the Northwest corner of Oregon – the foundation of this spectacular terroir. These well-drained soils – paired with the intensely cool, but sun-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.