Elke Pinot Noir Donnelly Creek Vineyard 2014
I have been a big fan of Anderson Valley Pinot for years, thanks largely to the great buys that Knez has been turning out. Count Elke among my favorites from the region. Mary Elke moved from Napa (where she grew organic apples) to the Anderson Valley with her family in 1990 to plant and cultivate the Donnelly Creek Vineyard. They grow for other top producers such as Au Bon Climat, Copain, and Radio-Coteau, but keep some of the best fruit for themselves. Donnelly Creek is perfectly suited to Pinot Noir. It has a protective layer of fog that burns off mid-day, giving way to sun, before returning in the evening to protect the vines from the cold. The wine is unfined and unfiltered and is layered with beautiful red fruit and dusty earth. It is extremely well-made and is almost Oregonian in character. At $25.99, it is one of the best single-vineyard Cali Pinot buys I've seen. - Eric Genau
Sustainable and Organic Practices.