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.”

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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)

Wine Press Northwest

2008 Pinot Gris Willamette Valley:

Outstanding! “It’s fruit forward in the aromatics of tangerine and pineapple, joined by a perception of sweetness with candy corn…explosion of blood orange and juicy apricot on the attack with a piece of Jolly Rancher green apple candy in the midpalate…finish with yellow grapefruit, a twist of lemon, a pinch of anise, and banana.” (January 9, 2010)

Wine Press Northwest

2009 Pinot Gris Willamette Valley:

Excellent! “One judge simply described this as ‘a damn nice Pinot Gris.’ Starfruit, grapefruit, peach, apricot, Bosc pear and bread dough aromas funnel into pure fruit flavors. It’s clean, crisp and dry, with a dusting of minerality at the end.” (December 31, 2010)

Wine Enthusiast

2001 Pinot Gris Willamette Valley:

91 Points Editor’s Choice. “Pinot Gris as it should be – ripe and full-bodied, with expressive flavors of fresh pears, spiced with cinnamon. Rich and satisfying, yet tangy enough to accompany even delicate seafood. This is a home run, with a finishing kiss of butterscotch.” – Paul Gregutt (July 31, 2003)

Wine Enthusiast

2002 Pinot Gris Willamette Valley:

91 Points “This is a lovely, balanced complex wine with layers of fruit nicely entwined. It shows just the right mix of acid, tannin and racy textures from whole-cluster pressing.” – Paul Gregutt (October 31, 2003)