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

Year’s Best Pinot Noir

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.

2011 Willamette Valley Pinot – 91 Points & Best Buy in Wine & Spirits

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

Reviews of the 2010 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir




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)












Adam comments on the 2011 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

“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

Wine Spectator

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)

Wine Spectator

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)