Wine & Spirits

2006 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley:

91 Points “Richly ripe when first poured, this gathers focus with air. Its stalwart plum flavors develop a limpid clarity in the center, a pure fruit moment that gives way to a fleshy, savory finish. It has the savory layered notes to pair with coq au vin.” – Patrick Comiskey (April 30, 2008)

Wine & Spirits

2007 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley:

20th Annual Restaurant Poll. “In the MOST POPULAR PINOT NOIRS category, Elk Cove’s 2007 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir ranked #24.” (April 1, 2009)

Wine & Spirits

2008 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley:

90 Points Best Buy. “A big-shouldered wine with hedonistic black cherry compote scents…It’s deep and concentrated…fairly irresistible, and would be delicious with lean beef, like marinated flank.” (October 1, 2010)

The Seattle Times

2003 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley:

3 Star Award. “Soft, open and wonderfully accessible, this broad, smooth Oregon wine shows a bit of that sweet California styling. The 2002 is still in town; the 2003 is due in a few weeks.” – Paul Gregutt (April 29, 2005)

The Boston Globe

2001 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley:

Recommended. “Oregon’s Elk Cove makes wines that consistently exceed expectation in their price ranges. That’s why we love them… The 2001 Elk Cove Vineyards Willamette Valley Pinot Noir is a mine of earth, spice, dark red fruits, even a little gaminess; well-balanced and articulated.” – Stephen Meuse (November 19, 2003)

 

Sunset Magazine

2003 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley:

“You could pull this out with almost any food… consistently a good party wine.” (January 31, 2006)

Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

2004 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley:

88 Points “… Fresh and energetic, with lively, nicely delineated cherry and red berry flavors. But this also possesses good weight and velvety texture. Finishes on a note of sweet tobacco.” – Josh Raynolds (April 30, 2006)

Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

2009 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley:

“Bright red. Strawberry and raspberry on the scented nose. Light-bodied and lively, with tangy red fruit flavors that could use a bit more heft. Finishes clean and brisk, with good focus and decent persistence.” – Josh Raynolds (July 31, 2011)

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

2004 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley:

88 Points “Sweet black fruits lightly dusted with oak are found in the aromatics of the 2004 Pinot Noir. A delightful, easygoing effort, it offers loads of red as well as black cherry fruit in its medium-bodied character. Delicate notes of oak spices make their way to the fore in this pretty wine’s soft finish. Drink it over the next 4 years.” (June 30, 2006)

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

2007 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley:

“… Medium ruby-colored, it offers up a pleasing perfume of smoke, spice box, cherry and cranberry. Easy going and elegant on the palate, this tasty, well balanced effort can be enjoyed over the next 6 years.” – Robert Parker (October 31, 2009)

Pinot Report

2000 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley:

89 Points “You don’t find much $20 Oregon Pinots this good. Forward and bright, it still has a fresh, grapey quality to the fruit, which hits the palate crisp and spicy. Hints of juniper, earth and brown sugar add interest, and the wine retains its focus though a long, satisfying finish.” (March 31, 2003)

Pinot Report

2001 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley:

91 Points: Smart Buy! “… rich full flavors, lots of black cherry and spice flavors, hint of bacon and smoked meat adds complexity; good balance and a long finish. There’s a lot to like in this Pinot—delicious flavors, great balance and a great price.” (May 31, 2003)

Pinot Report

2003 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley:

91 Points: Smart Buy! “Fruity and delicious…” (November 30, 2005)

Pinot Report

2006 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley:

93 Points: “…silky texture, toasty oak, …good structure and balance; long finish. A rich, silky Pinot that’s easy on the wallet too!” (February 15, 2008)

Oregon Wine Press

2007 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley: 

“Value Picks. Among Elk Cove’s Pinots, this has a warm, round approachability that makes it immediately appealing. Well-balanced elements of fruit, acidity and youthful, yet unobtrusive tannins say you can consume now or keep a couple around for later.” (November 15, 2009)

 

Oregon Wine Awards

2007 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley:

Gold. “Consensus ~ Best in Class award.” (March 28, 2009)

Northwest Palate

2005 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley:

Two Clusters. “Gentle yet persistent scents of graham-spiced red fruits are layered with rose and cola accents. Juicy on the tongue, with hearty cherry and berry flavors backed by mouthwatering acidity, this lively wine offers plenty of punch….” (February 28, 2007)

Gourmet

2010 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley

Recommended (September 30, 2002)