Oregon Chardonnay is Catching Up
Our 91 point 2017 Goodrich Chardonnay was featured in “8 Oregon Chardonnays at 90+ Points: these new releases prove there’s more to the state than its Pinot Noirs”
According to Wine Spectator reviewer Tim Fish:
“Pinot Noir gets all the love in Oregon, but Chardonnay is catching up. After decades of uneven quality, the grape is finding its place in the Pacific Northwest.
91 Points in Wine Spectator
Our 2017 Goodrich Chardonnay was awarded 91 points in Wine Spectator:
“Floral and elegantly festive, with pretty tropical fruit and pear notes, laced with honeysuckle details and lingering on a plush finish.” – Tim Fish
This review was also featured in Wine Spectator’s “8 Oregon Chardonnays at 90+ Points”
2016 Goodrich Chardonnay: 92 Points from James Suckling
Our 2016 Goodrich Chardonnay was awarded 92 points from James Suckling:
“Lime leaf and honeysuckle with bright, fresh peaches and some bready notes. The palate has a supple and even-paced core of fresh pears and melon with a gently toasty edge to the finish. Drink now.” – James Suckling
JamesSuckling.com uses a 100-point scale, with 90 points or more being outstanding. “It’s a wine I want to drink a glass of and is an outstanding purchase.” – James Suckling
This review was published November 30, 2018 at www.jamessuckling.com
91 Points In Vinous
Our 2015 Goodrich Chardonnay was awarded 91 points by Josh Raynolds of Vinous:
“Pale gold. Subtly oak-tinged tangerine, pear and honeydew aromas are complemented by gentle floral and ginger nuances. Smooth and focused in the mouth, offering juicy citrus and orchard fruit flavors that put on weight and pick up a spicy quality with air. Gently sweet and seamless in texture, showing bright closing cut and very good persistence.”
These reviews are available to subscribers of Vinous.com
Excellent Rating in Great Northwest Wine
Our 2014 Goodrich Chardonnay was given an “Excellent” rating by Great Northwest Wine:
“It’s about time. One of the Pacific Northwest’s top producers of Pinot Gris and Riesling has joined the Chardonnay renaissance in Oregon. Adam Campbell and his family’s 2014 investment in Goodrich Vineyard near Yamhill pays dividends here with Elk Cove Vineyards’ first Chardonnay since 1998. The care taken during the winemaking includes a barrel program over 12 months with some lees stirring beyond malolactic fermentation. After that, came six months in stainless steel. That combination creates for beautiful aromatics of rosewater, Asian pear and green banana. On the palate, the integration of the oak leads to flavors of Golden Delicious apple and baked pineapple, backed by pear skin and dried apricot.”
View the whole review at greatnorthwestwine.com
91 Points in Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
Neal Martin, writing for Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, gave our 2014 Goodrich Chardonnay 91 points:
“The last Elk Cove Chardonnay reviewed by the Wine Advocate was back in 1994! Well, it comes back with the 2014 Goodrich Chardonnay, courtesy of an acquisition of four acres of 12-year-0ld vine in the titular vineyard. Fermented in French puncheons and matured for 12 months plus six months in stainless steel, it has a well-defined bouquet with impressive mineralité showing through despite the young age of vines. The palate is well-balanced with good weight in the mouth, notes of brioche and almond infusing the citrus fruit, with impressive weight and depth on the finish. Welcome back. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2027.”
91 Points in Wine Spectator Insider
Although it’s our first vintage of the varietal in over two decades, our 2014 Goodrich Chardonnay received a nod from Wine Spectator Insider with a 91 point review:
“Bright and lively, with appealing depth to the pear, green olive and lime flavors, finishing with presence and persistence. Drink now through 2021.”-H.S.
What great news to share for our new Chardonnay program! This review previewed in Wine Spectator Insider, a members-only publication that offers a sneak-peek at Wine Spectator’s top-rated selections. It will also be published in Wine Spectator Magazine.
91 Points in Wine Enthusiast
Our new 2014 Goodrich Chardonnay has received an excellent 91 point rating from Wine Enthusiast Magazine.
This is the first Wine Enthusiast review we’ve had in our “modern era” of Chardonnay (we haven’t made a chardonnay since 1998…) and we’re thrilled with the acclaim. The review will post in the December, 2016 issue of the magazine and at winemag.com. According to Senior Tasting Director Joe Czerwinski, Wine Enthusiast blind tastes wines for review and rates their wines according to a 100 point scale:
- Classic 98-100: The pinnacle of quality.
- Superb 94-97: A great achievement.
- Excellent 90-93: Highly recommended.
- Very Good 87-89: Often good value; well recommended.
- Good 83-86: Suitable for everyday consumption; often good value.
- Acceptable 80-82: Can be employed in casual, less-critical circumstances.
- Wines receiving a rating below 80 are not reviewed.