Elk Cove has made wine writer Chuck Hill’s “Wines of the Week” in his feature pairing Pinot Noir with a classic Northwest dish: Salmon. This is a lesser-known pairing outside of our region, but here in Oregon it’s standard fare for a celebratory dinner or summer BBQ.

“It is a true pleasure to linger over delicious Copper River salmon from the grill paired with perfectly balanced Pinot Noir from Oregon’s best vineyards. The Elk Cove Willamette Valley blend comes from all five estate vineyards plus some purchased fruit. Different soil types and a variety of clones assure a complex and flavorful bottling. Look for dark cherry and chalky mineral with hints of citrus, toasty oak and red plum. ” – Chuck Hill

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Wine Spectator Magazine gave our 2013 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley  90 Points:

“Fresh and expressive, light-footed and generous, with cherry, plum and apricot flavors, coming together smoothly on the open-textured finish. Drink now through 2019.” -Harvey Steiman

Our 2012 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir was awarded a 90 points rating in Wine & Spirits Magazine in their August, 2014 issue. It’s also been recommended by the magazine as a “Best Buy”.

“This wine’s dark cherry aromas are supported by a pronounced oak frame, as dark as bitter chocolate. It’s intense and brooding, with oak playing more of a supporting role in the texture and flavor. Cellar and let the wood settle for a year.” – Wine & Spirits, August 2014

Two of our Pinot Noirs have been chosen as a “Year’s Best Pinot Noir” by Wine and Spirits Magazine – our 2011 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir (91 Points and Best Buy) and our 2011 Mount Richmond (91 Points). From the editors:

“Our blind panels tasted 971 new-release pinot noirs from the US over the past 12 months.  Our critics rated 122 as exceptional (90+) and 30 as Best Buys.”

To learn more about how Wine and Spirits Magazine evaluates wines, visit here.

Best Buy

“Relatively lush for the coolness of the vintage, this velvety red leads with dark cherry scents gathered by a tarry earthiness. Its flavors stay dark and savory, the gripping tannins a touch furry, suggesting that it’s packed with potential energy. A year in the cellar will give it further definition.” – Patrick J. Comiskey

 

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2010 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

97 Points. Best Buy. “This beautiful, inexpensive pinot delivers what fans around the world think of as a classic Oregon version, with bold aromatics of black cherry and truffle that seem to jump right out of the glass. From one of Oregon’s pioneering wineries—boasting a legacy of nearly four decades of great wine.” – Oregon’s 50 Best Wines Portland Monthly (October 1, 2012)

 92 Points, Best Buy & one of the “Year’s Best Pinot Noirs”. “Oak-driven with a chocolate cherry scent, this wine mellows and integrates with air, revealing a spicy black cherry core that feels warm, supple and giving. The tannins are round, the finish fresh and lively. For roast salmon.” – Wine & Spirits (April 1, 2013)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The 2011 Willamette Valley Pinot is a perfect example of a wine that has tons of fruit, but still has great characters other than fruit.  That’s when you know you’ve had low yields and hillside farming on great vineyard sites” – Winemaker Adam Campbell

1998 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley:

88 Points. “Dense, tight and chewy, packed with peppery, anise-scented black cherry and currant flavors. Best from 2002 through 2008.” (April 30, 2000)

2001 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley:

88 Points. “Lithe, supple style, if on the light side, with pretty raspberry and floral aromas and flavors, lingering nicely. Drink now through 2006.” (December 15, 2003)

2002 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley:

89 Points. “Supple and appealing for its lovely balance, rich enough in texture to let the dark cherry and vaguely licoricelike flavors sing as they linger on the fine-grained finish. Drink now through 2010.” (May 31, 2004)

2003 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley:

89 Points. “A bit firmer than most, but the cherry, currant and spice flavors keep pouring out as the finish lingers beautifully.” (June 15, 2005)

2006 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley:

89 Points. “Ripe and focused, with black currant and blackberry flavors on a firm frame, shaded with savory notes that persist nicely on the well-formed finish. Drink now through 2012.” – Harvey Steiman (September 30, 2008)

2009 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley:

91 Points. Smart Buy! “This fresh red is inviting and invigorating for its juicy black currant, plum and white pepper flavors, playing with zest against polished tannins and lively acidity. Drink now through 2019.” – Harvey Steiman (January 1, 2012)