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”

Great Northwest Invitational – Best White Wine!

2012 Pinot Gris

“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.”

Learn more about the competition – and see some of the other top wines – at greatnorthwestwine.com

Wine & Spirits

August 2013 Wine & Spirits2012 Pinot Gris Willamette Valley:

92 Points & Year’s Best 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.”

(August 1, 2013)

Sunset Magazine

2012 Pinot Gris Willamette Valley:

2013 Sunset International Wine Competition — Silver Medal.

Wine Spectator

1998 Pinot Gris Willamette Valley:

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)

Wine Spectator

1999 Pinot Gris Willamette Valley:

89 Points “Soft and juicy, with seductive melon, spice and floral flavors spreading out appealingly on the round finish. Drink now. 4,500 cases made.” (January 31, 2001)

Wine Spectator

2000 Pinot Gris Willamette Valley:

88 Points “Soft, ripe and generous with its apricot-scented pear, melon and citrus flavors. It all lingers juicily on the finish. Drink now.” – Harvey Steiman (April 30, 2002)

Wine Spectator

2005 Pinot Gris Willamette Valley:

90 Points “#77 on the list of Top 100 Wines of the Year!” – Harvey Steiman (November 30, 2007)

Wine Spectator

2005 Pinot Gris Willamette Valley:

90 Points Smart Buy! “Lithe, supple and immensely appealing for its creamy texture and almond-scented pear and peach flavors. It all lingers beautifully, too.” – Harvey Steiman (August 31, 2006)

Wine Spectator

2008 Pinot Gris Willamette Valley:

“Easygoing, with tangerine and melon flavors, lingering nicely. Drink now.” (December 15, 2009)

Wine Spectator

2009 Pinot Gris Willamette Valley:

“Juicy, with pear, apple and lime. Hints of almond flowers on the finish.” – Harvey Steiman (November 30, 2010)

Wine Spectator

2009 Pinot Gris Willamette Valley:

90 Points “ECV 2009 Pinot Gris ~ Named to Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of 2010!! & Top Values wine in Jan/Feb 2011!” (November 1, 2010)

Wine Spectator

2010 Pinot Gris Willamette Valley:

88 Points “Bright and lively, bristling with pear, peach and apple flavors that finish on a cidery note. Drink now.” – Harvey Steiman (January 31, 2012)

Wine Spectator

2011 Pinot Gris Willamette Valley:

88 Points Daily Wine Picks. “Fresh and vibrant, with lively melon and pear flavors, finishing on a citrusy note. Drink now. 17,000 cases made.” – Harvey Steiman (February 2, 2013)

Wine Press Northwest

2000 Pinot Gris Willamette Valley:

Excellent! “This Yamhill County winery has crafted a delicious gris with grapefruit and orange peel aromas and pear and apple flavors, all backed up with crisp acidity.” (October 31, 2001)

Wine Press Northwest

2000 Pinot Gris Willamette Valley:

Excellent! “This Pinot Gris is a dandy with grapefruit and orange peel aromas and pear and apple flavors. It’s all backed up with crisp, food-friendly acidity.” (April 16, 2002)

Wine Press Northwest

2001 Pinot Gris Willamette Valley:

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)