“Adam Campbell has the privilege of working with three estate sites for his Riesling program, including a pair of old vines plantings — Elk Cove Estate and Windhill – that were established in 1975. That makes them among the oldest in Oregon. The younger Five Mountain Vineyard is the outlier, but combined they make for an approachable style that sits in the middle of “dry” on the International Riesling Foundation ’s Tasting Profile. Mouthwatering aromas of Lemonhead and sour apple candy and spearmint with some minerality. There’s baked orchard fruit with honey on the palate with notes of jasmine, lavender and nectarine in the finish.”
In November 2017, Doug Wilder of the Purely Domestic Wine Report spent a week in in Hillsboro tasting and interviewing with select winemakers of the Willamette Valley. We are very pleased he gave our 2016 Riesling93 points:
“The nose offers tropical spice, coconut, apricot and pineapple. The palate is well-focused crisp white stone fruits in the core with beautifully integrated acidity. Drink 2017 – 2024” – Doug Wilder, PDWR
Following a twenty-year career as a specialty wine buyer at some of America’s most influential domestic retailers, Doug Wilder launched Purely Domestic Wine Report, the first independent wine review publication focused on producers in California, Oregon and Washington, exclusively. Available by subscription only.
Our 2016 Estate Riesling was awarded 90+ points by Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate:
“From 40-year-old vines, the 2016 Riesling Estate offers notions of lime cordial, lemonade and jasmine with a waft of honey-drizzled peaches. It’s made in an off-dry style with about 8 grams per liter of residual sugar. Crisp, clean and fresh on the light-bodied palate, there’s a compelling yeasty character lending savoriness on the mid-palate and finish. Drink dates: 2017-2021. 90+ points” – Lisa Perrotti-Brown
According to Wine Advocate Magazine, a rating of 90-95 is only given to “an outstanding wine of exceptional complexity and character. In short, these are terrific wines.”
Our 2016 Riesling Estate received an excellent 92 point rating and Editors’ Choice from Wine Enthusiast.
“Most of the estate vines used for this blend date back to the mid-1970s. It emphasizes bright citrus flavors, like lemon and lime, with lemon verbena, cilantro and other fresh herb notes that add detail to the finish. A very fine value, it can also age for a decade or longer. Editor’s Choice.” -P.G.
This review was published in the October 2017 issue of Wine Enthusiast Magazine and at winemag.com. According to Senior Tasting Director Joe Czerwinski, Wine Enthusiast blind tastes wines for review and rates their wines according to a 100 point scale:
Classic 98-100: The pinnacle of quality.
Superb 94-97: A great achievement.
Excellent 90-93: Highly recommended.
Very Good 87-89: Often good value; well recommended.
Good 83-86: Suitable for everyday consumption; often good value.
Acceptable 80-82: Can be employed in casual, less-critical circumstances.
Wines receiving a rating below 80 are not reviewed.
Neal Martin, writing for Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, gave our 2014 Estate Riesling 90 points:
“a punchy, vibrant and slightly oily bouquet that expresses the grape variety with some style, probably due to vine age. The palate is well-balanced with good body, a little resinous in texture with a hint of lemongrass and pithy fruit toward the finish. This displays fine Riesling character and comes recommended.”
“Some of Oregon’s oldest plantings of Riesling — Elk Cove Estate and Windhill vineyards — factor into Adam Campbell’s classic style, which he starts by picking at less than 21 Brix. It opens with hints of fresh pear, a box of Gala apples, canned pineapple, rose petal and pine needles. A sip brings in bright and dry flavors of a juicy Red Haven peach and lime zest, backed by minerality and baked apple.” – Andy Perdue, August 17, 2014
“…in a wine producing state that benefits from a cool climate, brisk, spicy, “elegantly knit” Rieslings are becoming the new norm. As a group, the local offerings ‘can compete with the world’s best’ – especially in the $20 price range.” (September 20, 2013)
“Elk Cove’s pinot noirs have an outstanding reputation, but I’m almost as impressed by their Estate riesling, which has plenty of aroma, fruit and spices, and at 12 percent alcohol is a wine I’d like to keep around for a couple of years to see if it develops into something even finer. Right now, if grilled salmon were on the plate, this riesling would be in the glass.”
– John Mariani, for Bloomberg News Muse (August 18, 2013)
Excellent! “Want a barometer for the quality of this vintage? The Campbells tripled the production of their 34-year-old block from 2008 to 2009. They also shifted the scope to a dry, steely style, going after Granny Smith apple, lime, river rock and lingering acidity.” (December 31, 2010)
91 Points “A fine effort from Elk Cove, this authoritative, bone-dry Riesling is laced with lovely streaks of licorice, and built upon sturdy acids and crisp green apple fruit. The wine is impeccably balanced, so that the flavors do not tire the palate or feel one-dimensional. It picks up interesting grace notes of citrus oil, tea and grapefruit as it winds through a long finish.” – Paul Gregutt (November 15, 2007)
92 Points “Adam Campbell’s estate wine is crisp, lithe and varietally spot-on, with a mild, peachy scent and a touch of fusel that gives the wine complexity. Its flavors are lean and lemon-bright, with a green apple core and slightly yeasty, biscuity flavors.” (March 31, 2007)
92 Points Best Buy. “This wine’s aromas are brisk and lifted, with elements of lemon curd and green apple. Its flavors are bright, lemony and firm, with a rippling acidity to guide the finish.” (February 28, 2011)