In a blind tasting of 81 Pinot Gris from Oregon and Washington, our 2013 came in first.  Here’s the review:

Outstanding:  Elk Cove Vineyards 2013 Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley

“Second-generation winemaker Adam Campbell is the master of Pinot Gris, as he consistently earns top scores vintage after vintage.  This is no exception, earning the top spot in our judging.  It opens with aromas of apple, pear and a touch of pineapple, followed by hints of jasmine and mint tea.  The palate is bursting with flavors of orchard fruit and minerality, all backed with crisp, mouthwatering acidity.  A stunning wine.” – Andy Perdue

To read the accompanying article, with quotes from our winemaker Adam Campbell, visit Wine Press Northwest online.

2010 Mount Richmond Pinot Noir:

Platinum

“Second-generation winemaker Adam Campbell crafts some of the finest Pinot Noir in Oregon (and that’s saying something). He loves highlighting specific vineyard sites that are special to him, and Mount Richmond is one of his favorites. This estate vineyard was planted in 1996 with high-quality Pommard cuttings. The result is a delicious Pinot with aromas of strawberries, rhubarb and a hint of forest floor, followed by juicy flavors of boysenberries, dark cherries and a touch of new leather. It’s all backed by silky tannins and near-perfect acidity. ” (December 1, 2012)

2010 Riesling Estate:

Best Buy. “Exotic aromas of lime zest, lemongrass, kumquat and minerality. On the palate, it reveals apple, lemon and grapefruit. This dry wine is loaded with bright acidity.” (June 30, 2012)

2009 Riesling Estate:

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)

2000 Pinot Gris Willamette Valley:

Excellent! “This Yamhill County winery has crafted a delicious gris with grapefruit and orange peel aromas and pear and apple flavors, all backed up with crisp acidity.” (October 31, 2001)

2000 Pinot Gris Willamette Valley:

Excellent! “This Pinot Gris is a dandy with grapefruit and orange peel aromas and pear and apple flavors. It’s all backed up with crisp, food-friendly acidity.” (April 16, 2002)

2001 Pinot Gris Willamette Valley:

Best Buy. Buying Guide. “Consistently one of Oregon’s top Pinot Gris producers, Elk Cove has a beauty here with a wine loaded with fruit, intriguing orange oil, tropical notes, a bit of sweetness and a clean, fresh departure. Won Gold in Seattle.” (March 31, 2003)

2008 Pinot Gris Willamette Valley:

Outstanding! “It’s fruit forward in the aromatics of tangerine and pineapple, joined by a perception of sweetness with candy corn…explosion of blood orange and juicy apricot on the attack with a piece of Jolly Rancher green apple candy in the midpalate…finish with yellow grapefruit, a twist of lemon, a pinch of anise, and banana.” (January 9, 2010)

2009 Pinot Gris Willamette Valley:

Excellent! “One judge simply described this as ‘a damn nice Pinot Gris.’ Starfruit, grapefruit, peach, apricot, Bosc pear and bread dough aromas funnel into pure fruit flavors. It’s clean, crisp and dry, with a dusting of minerality at the end.” (December 31, 2010)

2008 Pinot Blanc Willamette Valley:

Excellent! (January 1, 2010)

2009 Pinot Blanc Willamette Valley:

Excellent! “Few other wineries in Oregon approach this variety with as much dedication. Aromas of Golden Delicious apple, jasmine, orange blossom, lemon peel, chalkboard dust and a dab of petroleum jelly. It’s a smooth delivery of more apple, lemon chiffon and pineapple with orange pith, almond and fennel in the farewell.” (December 31, 2010)

“Second-generation winemaker Adam Campbell crafts Riesling from estate grapes in northern Yamhill County, where he also makes some of the finest Pinot Gris in the state. ” (June 30, 2012)

2001 Windhill Pinot Noir:

Outstanding! “Under the direction of Adam Campbell, this longtime Yamhill County winery is getting its second wind and producing wines of class and grace. This Pinot Noir speaks to us with its gentle aromas of moist earth, violets and raspberries and flavors of ripe cherries and hints of sweet oak. The velvety tannins will make your knees buckle.” (September 30, 2003)

2006 La Boheme Pinot Noir:

Outstanding! “From the opening whiff, this reveals bright aromas of raspberries, Bing cherries, blackberries and allspice. It’s a lively wine on the palate, thanks to flavors of charming cherries and ripe raspberries. From the entry to the rich midpalate through the lengthy finish, this wine provides great balance and true elegance.” (April 1, 2008)

2006 Five Mountain Pinot Noir:

Recommended. “This is a darker-toned red with aromas and flavors of black truffles, mushrooms, plums and chocolate-covered cherries.” (April 1, 2008)

2006 Mount Richmond Pinot Noir:

Recommended. “This wine reveals aromas of strawberries, ripe cherries and black pepper, along with intense and spicy cherries and loganberries.” (April 1, 2008)

2000 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley:

Outstanding! “A Burgundian-style wine with aromas of black fruit, toasted oak and coffee beans. The huge, ripe fruit lasts through a lengthy finish.” (June 30, 2002)

2006 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley:

Outstanding! “Built to be approachable in its youth, and that’s certainly the case. This opens with aromas of black cherries, vanilla, black tea and a hint of tobacco, followed by flavors of ripe cherries and bright raspberries. It’s smooth and elegant from the entry to the finish and possesses great structure throughout.” (April 1, 2008)

2007 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley:

Excellent! (December 15, 2009)