91 Points from Vinous for 2016 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

Josh Raynolds of Antonio Galloni’s Vinous gave our 2016 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir a 91 point score in his review of Oregon Wines published this May- “Oregon: An Embarrassment of Riches and Richness”.

“Brilliant ruby-red. Expressive red berry preserve, candied rose and baking spice scents show excellent clarity and lift. Fleshy but lively as well, offering sweet raspberry, cherry and spicecake flavors that pick up a hint of smokiness with air. Smoothly blends power and delicacy and finishes very long and spicy, with supple tannins sneaking in late. This is quite an impressive “basic” bottling of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir.” – Josh Raynolds


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2016 Willamette Valley Pinot – Gold Medal In The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Our 2016 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir  has been honored with a Gold Medal in the largest competition of American wines in the world!

After receiving more than 6,800 entries from 35 states across the country, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (SFCWC) has once again successfully narrowed thousands of wines down to an exclusive few.

A complete listing of the 2019 results, sort-able by price point and category, can be found at winejudging.com.

In the second week of January, over 60 skilled judges from a variety of fields including trade, education, media, retail and hospitality traveled to the Cloverdale Citrus Fairgrounds in Sonoma County to determine the best wines in the USA. Utilizing an extensive process that divides the varietals into several categories and subcategories, the event gave the panels the chance to rate entries as Bronze, Silver, Gold, “Double Gold” (equivalent to a unanimous rating by all panel members) or Best of Class. Learn more about the competition here.


Pinot Noir & Copper River Salmon

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

Thanks for reviewing our wine Chuck! To see more wines of the week, go to winesnw.com

90 Points in Wine Spectator

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

2012 Willamette Valley Pinot noir: 90 Points in Wine & Spirits

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