92 points in Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

Our 2012 Pinot Noir Clay Court continues to impress:

“2012 Pinot Noir Clay Court Willamette Valley($60) Vivid ruby-red.  Sexy, expressive aromas of dark berry liqueur, cherry pit, floral pastilles and woodsmoke, with a spicy topnote adding vibrancy.  Offers silky, open-knit blackberry and spicecake flavors and a touch of cola that gains strength on the back half.  In a fruit-driven, forward style, with excellent finishing clarity and length and supple tannins that come in late.  92″ – Josh Raynolds

2012 Clay Court: Excellent rating in Great Northwest Wine

Our 2012 Clay Court received an “Excellent” rating at GreatNorthwestWine.com:

“Adam Campbell and his parents purchased this Parrett Mountain property in 2009 — eight years after it was planted to Pommard, Dijon 115 and 777 clones. His folks loved the setting so much they made it their home and built a tennis court, hence the name. Their harvest at 1.75 tons per acre from this stunning vintage explains Bing cherry and dusty blackberry aromatics with cotton candy, minerality and mincemeat. That dark fruit and minerality carries onto the palate with plum skin tannins and pie cherry acidity.” – Andy Perdue


2012 Mount Richmond: Excellent rating in Great Northwest Wine

In a feature titled “The Elegance of Oregon Pinot Noir” our 2012 Mount Richmond received an “Excellent” rating:

“The Campbell family purchased and established this plot — their largest at 105 acres — in 1996 with the hopes of mirroring the success they’ve established at vaunted Roosevelt Vineyard. And they planted Pommard cuttings off Roosevelt with Dijon clones 115 and 777 to help create one of the Willamette Valley’s most consistently remarkable bottlings of Pinot Noir year after year. It’s filled with aromas of Rainier cherry, strawberry and raspberry, back by pink peppercorns and toastiness from 10 months in French oak. The fruit profile of the drink is dark and rich as it picks up blueberry, pie cherry and pomegranate within a medium tannin structure and juicy finish.”  – Andy Perdue

2012 Estate Riesling: 91 Points in Wine Enthusiast

Our 2012 Estate Riesling  received 91 points and “Editors’ Choice” from Wine Enthusiast Magazine!

“Bone dry, this succulent, citrus-soaked Riesling is a textural marvel.  Mixing grapefruit, lime, and pear fruit flavors, its racy acidity underscores its complexity.  Editors’ Choice.” – Paul Gregutt

2012 Willamette Valley Pinot noir: 90 Points in Wine & Spirits

Our 2012 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir was awarded a 90 points rating in Wine & Spirits Magazine in their August, 2014 issue. It’s also been recommended by the magazine as a “Best Buy”.

“This wine’s dark cherry aromas are supported by a pronounced oak frame, as dark as bitter chocolate. It’s intense and brooding, with oak playing more of a supporting role in the texture and flavor. Cellar and let the wood settle for a year.” – Wine & Spirits, August 2014

2012 Clay Court: 90 Points in Wine & Spirits

Our 2012 Clay Court  received 90 points from Wine & Spirits Magazine in their August 2014 issue:

“Bright with a high-toned cherry aroma, this deepens to plum and spice in the middle. The finish is lean and firmly in the grip of fruit skin tannins. For braised lamb.” – Wine & Spirits, August 2014

2012 Pinot Blanc: 90 Points in Wine Enthusiast

Our 2012 Pinot Blanc  received 90 points from Wine Enthusiast Magazine.

“Melon and apple fruit flavors are lightly buttery, fresh and spicy.  The underlying minerality adds textural interest to this light, elegant and stylish offering.” – Paul Gregutt

This review was posted in Wine Enthusiast’s Buying Guide in June, 2014.

2012 Clay Court: 91 Points in Wine Enthusiast

Our 2012 Clay Court single vineyard Pinot Noir received 91 points from Wine Enthusiast Magazine.

“Sourced from a 15-acre vineyard on Parrett Mountain, this displays single vineyard specificity.  Entry is surprisingly soft, and (perhaps influenced by the name) there seems to be a pleasing clay-like quality to the mouth feel.  Clean blueberry fruit leads into a tasty, balanced finish.” – Paul Gregutt

This review posted in Wine Enthusiast’s Buying Guide in June of 2014.

2012 Pinot Gris: 92 Points in Wine Enthusiast

Our 2012 Pinot Gris received 92 points and was rated “Editor’s Choice” from Wine Enthusiast Magazine!

“Anyone who doubts the world-class potential of Oregon Pinot Gris need only sip this outstanding value from Elk Cove.  Bright and spicy, it’s a riot of tangy grapefruit, tangerine and Meyer lemon, enhanced aromatically by citrus blossoms.” – Paul Gregutt

This review posted in Wine Enthusiast’s Buying Guide in June of 2014.

2012 Mount Richmond: 93 Points in Wine Enthusiast

Our 2012 Mount Richmond Pinot Noir received 93 points from the Wine Enthusiast.

“Planted in 1996, this vineyard is moving in to maturity and delivering a deep, juicy blueberry-pie flavor.  It’s densely fruity, with baking spice and pie crust accents, along with a sprinkling of cinnamon powder.  Absolutely delicious already, it seems best suited for near-term consumption.” – Paul Gregutt

This review was posted in Wine Enthusiast’s Buying Guide for their June 2014 issue.

2012 Pinot Gris: “TOP VALUE” in Wine Spectator

Our 2012 Pinot Gris was listed in the Wine Spectator as one of  “Harvey Steiman’s Recommended Wines from Oregon” in their article “Oregon’s Light Touch”.  Of 600 wines reviewed for the report, only 18 were listed as a “Top Value”. Here’s what else Steiman had to say about our 2012 Pinot Gris:

“Light and sleek, offering a satiny texture to the pear and floral flavors, which linger deftly and intently”

Great Northwest Invitational – Best White Wine!

2012 Pinot Gris

“This is the quintessential Northwest Pinot Gris, and it is perhaps the most consistently outstanding example to come out of Oregon, thanks to second-generation winemaker Adam Campbell. Minerality, lemon, lime and a tiny whiff of pear lead off, followed in the mouth by crisp, mouth-watering acidity and more lemon and lime.  The finish departs with a final bit of yellow grapefruit and slate rock in this fine Willamette Valley Pinot Gris.”

Learn more about the competition – and see some of the other top wines – at greatnorthwestwine.com

Wine & Spirits

August 2013 Wine & Spirits2012 Pinot Gris Willamette Valley:

92 Points & Year’s Best Pinot Gris

“Mouthwatering and brisk, this succulent gris has the scent of apple blossoms, its flavors giving the impression of a slice of crisp apple spritzed with lemon.  A summer refresher, or a  good pairing with petrale sole.”

(August 1, 2013)

Sunset Magazine

2012 Pinot Gris Willamette Valley:

2013 Sunset International Wine Competition — Silver Medal.

Twin Cities Statement Magazine

Pinot Blanc Willamette Valley:

“…try any one and know that they’ve got the essence of Oregon captured in all of their wines. The Pinot Blanc is clean, crisp, and beautifully aromatic. Lean and racy, it provides a wonderful accompaniment to shellfish.” – Kristin Kowalski (September 1, 2009)