91 Points and Editor’s Choice – Our 2018 Pinot Gris

Our 2018 Willamette Valley Pinot Gris was awarded 91 points and named and Editor’s Choice by Wine Enthusiast Magazine:

“Tones of lemon, lime and green apple penetrate deeply on the nose and palate. It’s tart and juicy, with a bright profile that will please many.” – Paul Gregutt

The review will post in the October 2019 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.

 

2017 Pinot Gris – Gold Medal and “Reserve Class Champion”

Our 2017 Pinot Gris received a gold medal and was named “Reserve Class Champion” in the 2019 Houston Rodeo Uncorked! wine competition.

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo hosts several events including an international wine competition, a food competition and wine auction. Guests can visit the “Champion Wine Garden” to enjoy the top wines from each year’s competition:

“Wines from around the world enter this elite, privately judged competition held in November. Winning wines can be tasted during the Roundup & Best Bites Competition and at the Champion Wine Garden.

The 2019 International Wine Competition judging included 3,156 entries from 18 different countries, including Argentina, Austria, Chile, France, Italy, Japan, Portugal and South Africa. Texas wineries represented 413 entries, and 370 entries came from this year’s featured region, California’s Central Coast.”

This score is posted online at rodeohouston.com

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.