Outstanding! Rating in Great Northwest Wine

Our 2016 Pinot Gris was given an “Outstanding!” rating by Great Northwest Wine:

“The winemaking team of Adam Campbell and Heather Perkin combined to produce the top two Pinot Gris in the 2017 Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition, including the Elk Cove Vineyards 2016 Pinot Gris. Much of the hand-harvested clusters were taken from the Campbell family’s original planting, which they populated with Pinot Gris starting in 1985. It resulted in a bounty of citrus notes, showing off lemon, lime and tangerine aromas with a floral influence of sweet freesia. On the palate, a delightful balance of basil and mint complements the tangerine bitters and Meyer lemon juice flavors. The interest in Oregon Pinot Gris prompted the Campbells to increase production over the prior vintage by 10%. And starting this fall, every wine that carries the Elk Cove brand will be 100% estate.”

View the whole review at greatnorthwestwine.com

91 Points in the Wine Advocate

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


91 Points & Editor’s Choice in Wine Enthusiast

Our 2013 Pinot Gris has received 91 Points and was selected as an “Editor’s Choice” by Wine Enthusiast Magazine:

“This full-bodied, lightly spiced wine seduces with fresh fruit flavors of pear, apple, kiwi and melon.  Polished and bracing, it finishes with a lick of wet stone. Editor’s Choice.” -Paul Gregutt

2013 Pinot Gris – Gold Medal

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.



2013 Pinot Gris: Top Pinot Gris in Blind Tasting

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.

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 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”