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.”
90 Points “Ripe and rich, as aromatic and intense as a Viognier, with similar honeysuckle, pear and spice notes that last and last on the vibrant finish. As distinctive a Pinot Gris as Oregon has produced.” (October 15, 1999)
Best Buy. Buying Guide. “Consistently one of Oregon’s top Pinot Gris producers, Elk Cove has a beauty here with a wine loaded with fruit, intriguing orange oil, tropical notes, a bit of sweetness and a clean, fresh departure. Won Gold in Seattle.” (March 31, 2003)