In November 2017, Doug Wilder of the Purely Domestic Wine Report spent a week in in Hillsboro tasting and interviewing with select winemakers of the Willamette Valley. We are very pleased he gave our 2016 Pinot Gris91 points:
“The nose offers a peach-infused spice with crisp acidity. The palate is rich and bright golden stone fruit, spice and licorice finishing with sweet notes of peach and nectarine. Drink 2017 – 2021.” – Doug Wilder, PDWR
Following a twenty-year career as a specialty wine buyer at some of America’s most influential domestic retailers, Doug Wilder launched Purely Domestic Wine Report, the first independent wine review publication focused on producers in California, Oregon and Washington, exclusively. Available by subscription only.
The largest competition of American wines in the world names best American wines of 2018 After receiving 6,960 entries from 35 states across the country, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (SFCWC) has once again successfully narrowed thousands of wines down to an exclusive few.
A complete listing of the 2018 results, sortable by price point and category, can be found at winejudging.com. In the second week of January, 67 skilled judges from a variety of fields including trade, education, media, retail and hospitality traveled to the Cloverdale Citrus Fairgrounds in Sonoma County to determine the best wines in the USA. Utilizing an extensive process that divides the varietals into several categories and subcategories, the event gave the panels the chance to rate entries as Bronze, Silver, Gold or “Double Gold” (equivalent to a unanimous rating by all panel members). Learn more about the competition here.
Pinot Gris has been Oregon’s dominant white varietal since the year 2000, and it’s true for Elk Cove as well. Although we’ve recently started making Chardonnay again, Pinot Gris has long been our most popular white wine. Great Northwest Wine featured our 2015 Pinot Gris in their article “Pinot Gris rules Oregon’s white wine landscape” after giving the wine an “Excellent” rating:
“Year after year, one of Oregon’s largest productions of Pinot Gris also ranks among the best in the Pacific Northwest – thanks to the long-range devotion of the Campbell family and second-generation winemaker Adam Campbell. Some of their vines stem back to 1985, and the 50 acres established within Mount Richmond Vineyard stand among the largest in the North Willamette Valley. Their precise work presents this in a classic Oregon style by featuring orchard and citrus fruits rather than a tropical tone. Aromas of lemon and lime include dusty Bosc pear, honeydew melon and kiwi with clove. Its clean and crisp flavor profile brings flavors of starfruit and Gala apple, backed by melon, and finished with a nibble of pear skin.” – Andy Perdue
Our 2016 Pinot Gris received an excellent 90 point rating from Wine Enthusiast.
“Fragrant and nicely detailed, this sends up clover and apple blossom scents. Apple-infused flavors follow, with touches of peach and spice.”- P.G.
This review was published in the October issue of Wine Enthusiast 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.
We’re very pleased but not at all surprised to see our 2015 Pinot Gris show up on Wine Spectator’s prestigious list of the 100 Top Values of 2016. Our Pinot Gris has long been a favorite on lists of highly rated yet affordable white wines. We’re extra proud to see this wine represent Oregon in the category of Rich Whites, a category dominated by old world wines:
“Chardonnay tends to define this category of riper, fuller whites, yet there are many other wines from a diverse array of regions whose rich, lush flavors are nicely balanced by brightness, vibrancy and structure. Portuguese whites have come on particularly strong in recent years, showcasing the country’s indigenous grapes in distinctive versions, while New World examples such as Oregon Pinot Gris and South African Chenin Blanc are expanding the map.”
Spectator describes our 2015 Pinot Gris as “Vivid and expansive, this white features tangy pear and cantaloupe flavors that play against hints of lime.”
Check out the entire list of Top 100 Values at winespectator.com. There are some excellent wines here from wine regions all over the world, all of them rated at 88 points or higher and available for $20 or less.
Our 2015 Pinot Gris was awarded 90 points and listed as a “Smart Buy” in Wine Spectator Magazine.
“Vivid and expansive, with tangy pear and cantaloupe flavors that play against hints of lime, finishing with polish.” – Harvey Steiman
The wine was also featured in their “Savvy Shopper” guide – check out the handsome bottle shot on page 30. People are often surprised by the complexity of our Pinot Gris – we’re really proud of this wine and a lot of hard work (and beautiful fruit) goes into it. With a retail price of just $19 and distribution in all 50 states it’s been a favorite year after year in the media, but we’re still tickled when we get this kind of attention from a national magazine with the stature of Wine Spectator Magazine.
In addition to being published in their October 31st, 2016 issue, this review previewed in Wine Spectator Advance, a members-only publication that offers a sneak-peek at Wine Spectator’s top-rated selections.
Our 2015 Pinot Gris was awarded 91 points and listed as an “Editors’ Choice” by Wine Enthusiast Magazine.
“One of Oregon’s finest values in Pinot Gris, this offers big, juicy flavors of luscious apple and pear, backed with punchy citrus. The ample acidity tastes of lemon and grapefruit, and a notable wash of minerality comes up in the finish. The blend includes small percentages of Gewürztraminer and Muscat.” – Paul Gregutt
According to the Wine Enthusiast, a rating of 90-94 points equates to “Excellent. Extremely well made and highly recommended.” The review posted in the August 2016 issue of the magazine.
Each year Andy Perdue and Eric Degerman of Great Northwest Wine taste thousands of wines blind. At the end of each year they publish their top 100 wines and we are proud to announce our 2014 Pinot Gris made the list.
“Vintage after vintage, Adam Campbell consistently crafts one of the premier Pinot Gris in the Pacific Northwest, and this is no exception. This opens with aromas of stone fruit, lemon, lychee and spearmint, followed by lively flavors of orchard fruit, including white peach. This is a perfect seafood wine, especially crab or scallops.”
Our 2014 Pinot Gris received an excellent 92 points and was designated an “Editor’s Choice” by Wine Enthusiast Magazine.
“Beautifully styled, this wine brings a solid blend of citrus, cucumber, tangerine and melon flavors. The length and balance are there for further aging, but the stunningly good flavors encourage near-term drinking. Editor’s Choice.” -Paul Gregutt
This review posted in their October, 2015 issue of the magazine and online here.
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate gave our 2013 Pinot Gris 91 Points in their March 2015 edition:
“The palate is well balanced with commendable depth of flavor. This is no anonymous Pinot Gris, but offers some lovely nectarine and Cornice pear notes, touches of lychee that probably come from the “seasoning” of Gewurstraminer and Muscat in the blend. Very fine and unbeatable value.” -Neal Martin
Our 2013 Pinot Gris won a Gold Medal and was rated at 91pts in the 2014 San Francisco International Wine Competition! This is one of the largest wine competitions in the world. This year they tasted over 4,500 wines, so it’s truly an honor to have won Gold.
In a blind tasting of 81 Pinot Gris from Oregon and Washington, our 2013 came in first. Here’s the review:
Outstanding: Elk Cove Vineyards 2013 Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley
“Second-generation winemaker Adam Campbell is the master of Pinot Gris, as he consistently earns top scores vintage after vintage. This is no exception, earning the top spot in our judging. It opens with aromas of apple, pear and a touch of pineapple, followed by hints of jasmine and mint tea. The palate is bursting with flavors of orchard fruit and minerality, all backed with crisp, mouthwatering acidity. A stunning wine.” – Andy Perdue
To read the accompanying article, with quotes from our winemaker Adam Campbell, visit Wine Press Northwest online.
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.
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”
“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.”
“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.”