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)

Wine Enthusiast

2002 Pinot Gris Willamette Valley:

Top 100 Best Buys. “Ranked #39 Best Buy Wine for 2003.” (October 31, 2003)

Wine Enthusiast

2005 Pinot Gris Willamette Valley:

91 Points Editor’s Choice. “Elk Cove makes one of the most refreshing, crisp and nuanced Pinot Gris in the state. This is an excellent bottle, lively and clean, with mixed fruit flavors of pear, melon, kiwi and white peach. It is concentrated but not heavy or thick; the magic of Adam Campbell’s winemaking is his ability to perfectly balance and showcase the exact ripeness of his fruit, leaving in the subtle grace notes. This is a perfectly balanced, nuanced and delicious wine.” – Paul Gregutt (August 31, 2006)

Wine Enthusiast

2006 Pinot Gris Willamette Valley:

Top 100 Wines of the Year. “Ranked #60” – Paul Gregutt (November 15, 2007)

Wine Enthusiast

2006 Pinot Gris Willamette Valley:

91 Points Editor’s Choice. Buying Guide. “This is an elegant, refreshing style scented with a lush nose that cleverly blends cut fruit, blossom, citrus and a hint of mineral. The mixed fruit flavors continue on the palate – pear, melon, peach and spice, perfectly balanced and ripe.” – Paul Gregutt (November 15, 2007)

Wine Enthusiast

2007 Pinot Gris Willamette Valley:

91 Points Editor’s Choice. “This is a fruit powered wine, leaded with fresh pear, melon, and tropical flavors. It shows no sign if having suffered from the wet, cool weather that hit Oregon during the 2007 harvest. It seems riper than the perfectly balanced ’06 bottling, with lower acids, and a streak of vanilla and coconut wrapping up the finish.” (July 1, 2008)

Wine Enthusiast

2008 Pinot Gris Willamette Valley:

88 Points “This straightforward, fruit effort is bright, tart, and full of lemon and melon flavors, with a touch of spice for added interest.” – Paul Gregutt (December 1, 2009)

Wine & Spirits

2000 Pinot Gris Willamette Valley:

91 Points 3 Star Award “The scent of a juicy Barlett pear leads into distinctive pear-like flavors, and there’s grip to help those flavors last.like a delicate, well-preserved fresh fruit; drink it up.taste the cool rains of Willamette.” (March 31, 2002)

Wine & Spirits

2003 Pinot Gris Willamette Valley:

89 Points “One note, but the note is pure and honest – the fruit here is clearly grown to peak ripeness, but not pushed over the top. Scents of malt grain and saucy apple fruit have a straightforward appeal, lined with a firm, persistent acidity. Great on its own, this would also serve as a simple foil for roast chicken.” – Patrick Comiskey (July 31, 2004)

Wine & Spirits

“This Oregon gris is lean, bracing and mineral, with a heady scent of brioche and fresh-cut grass… it reveals exotic flavors of white tea, fresh fig, even persimmon… compelling…” (July 31, 2006)

Wine & Spirits

2005 Pinot Gris Willamette Valley:

Buying Guide. “One of 100 Best Wines of the Year!” (October 31, 2006)

Wine & Spirits

2006 Pinot Gris Willamette Valley:

19th Annual Restaurant Poll — “19th Annual Restaurant Poll Top Ten Most Popular Pinot Gris/Grigio” (March 31, 2008)

Wine & Spirits

2006 Pinot Gris Willamette Valley:

92 Points “Vibrant pear fruit is at the heart of this elegant gris. Framed by a mild herbal scent, its succulent fruit is unabashedly rich and pure, but the wine never becomes too heavy or opulent. Talclike acidity lifts the wine and gives it a gentle contour. A good accomaniment to roast halibut.” – Patrick Comiskey (August 31, 2007)

Wine & Spirits

2008 Pinot Gris Willamette Valley:

21st Annual Restaurant Poll — “Elk Cove Pinot Gris places in the Top 5 in the 21st Annual Restaurant poll!” (April 15, 2010)

The Wine Report

2001 Pinot Gris Willamette Valley:

90 Points Buying Guide. “… a brilliant, light, hay-colored wine with aromas of pineapple, apple and a mineral-like ‘wet sidewalk’ quality…. smooth flavors of tropical fruit, especially pineapple, and tart green apple. This… well-balanced wine finished with lingering notes of ripe fruit and a mineral taste.” (June 30, 2003)

Sunset Magazine

2008 Pinot Gris Willamette Valley:

Extreme Pairing — “Handcrafted salumi is paired with Elk Cove Pinot Gris 2008 as a Perfect Wine Companion. “Pour a dry Alsatian-style variety…zippy but elegant pink grapefruit and peach get a kick of lemon zest at the end.” (March 1, 2010)

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

2002 Pinot Gris Willamette Valley:

89 Points “One of the finest Oregon Pinot Gris I have ever tasted is Elk Cove’s 2002. Melon balls, spices, white peaches, and honey can be found in its extravagant aromas. Medium-bodied and well-balanced, it slathers the palate with creamed apples and currants. This is a rich, lush, medium-bodied wine with excellent grip and depth. It should be drunk over the next 18 months.” – Pierre Rovani (July 31, 2003)