Harvey Steiman of the Wine Spectator takes a look back at the Willamette Valley’s 2008 vintage 10 years on and gives our 2008 Mount Richmond Pinot Noir a classic 95 point score:
ELK COVE Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Mount Richmond 2008 Score: 95
“Supple, refined and generous, with layers of black cherry, plum, mineral and floral flavors wrapped in velvety tannins. The finish rolls on, picking up hints of licorice and caramel. Drink now through 2023. 894 cases made.” —H.S.
“Willamette Valley’s 2008 Pinot Noir vintage looked golden from the start. Weather that year was ideal: Cooler-than-usual temperatures for most of the season helped preserve acidity and keep alcohol levels moderate, and harvesttime saw sunny skies and moderate temperatures that prevented overripeness. A smaller-than-usual crop yielded intense flavors.
In my three decades of reviewing Oregon Pinot Noirs, the dazzling 2008 vintage produced more outstanding ratings (90 points or higher on Wine Spectator‘s 100-point scale) and more classic ratings (95-plus) than any year before it. The vintage rated 96 points, topped since only by 2012.
A decade on, it was time to revisit them, and they’re doing even better than expected. Tasted blind, 17 of the 32 bottles I reviewed scored higher this time, some by as many as six points. Ten more scored exactly the same or within one point. (An additional three wines suffered from faulty corks and were not reviewed.)
More important, nearly all the wines showed the vitality and freshness of younger wines while developing the savory nuances of age. Tannins had mostly resolved into textures that range from silky to velvety. In short, these wines have become the classics the vintage promised.” – Harvey Steiman
Read more at winespectator.com or find this article in theJune 15, 2018 issue of the magazine.
We’re very pleased but not at all surprised to see our 2015 Pinot Gris show up on Wine Spectator’s prestigious list of the 100 Top Values of 2016. Our Pinot Gris has long been a favorite on lists of highly rated yet affordable white wines. We’re extra proud to see this wine represent Oregon in the category of Rich Whites, a category dominated by old world wines:
“Chardonnay tends to define this category of riper, fuller whites, yet there are many other wines from a diverse array of regions whose rich, lush flavors are nicely balanced by brightness, vibrancy and structure. Portuguese whites have come on particularly strong in recent years, showcasing the country’s indigenous grapes in distinctive versions, while New World examples such as Oregon Pinot Gris and South African Chenin Blanc are expanding the map.”
Spectator describes our 2015 Pinot Gris as “Vivid and expansive, this white features tangy pear and cantaloupe flavors that play against hints of lime.”
Check out the entire list of Top 100 Values at winespectator.com. There are some excellent wines here from wine regions all over the world, all of them rated at 88 points or higher and available for $20 or less.
Although it’s our first vintage of the varietal in over two decades, our 2014 Goodrich Chardonnay received a nod from Wine Spectator Insider with a 91 point review:
“Bright and lively, with appealing depth to the pear, green olive and lime flavors, finishing with presence and persistence. Drink now through 2021.”-H.S.
What great news to share for our new Chardonnay program! This review previewed in Wine Spectator Insider, a members-only publication that offers a sneak-peek at Wine Spectator’s top-rated selections. It will also be published in Wine Spectator Magazine.
Our 2015 Pinot Gris was awarded 90 points and listed as a “Smart Buy” in Wine Spectator Magazine.
“Vivid and expansive, with tangy pear and cantaloupe flavors that play against hints of lime, finishing with polish.” – Harvey Steiman
The wine was also featured in their “Savvy Shopper” guide – check out the handsome bottle shot on page 30. People are often surprised by the complexity of our Pinot Gris – we’re really proud of this wine and a lot of hard work (and beautiful fruit) goes into it. With a retail price of just $19 and distribution in all 50 states it’s been a favorite year after year in the media, but we’re still tickled when we get this kind of attention from a national magazine with the stature of Wine Spectator Magazine.
In addition to being published in their October 31st, 2016 issue, this review previewed in Wine Spectator Advance, a members-only publication that offers a sneak-peek at Wine Spectator’s top-rated selections.
“Fresh and inviting, showing more density than many 2013s, with juicy blackberry and spice flavors set against fine-grained tannins. Offers presence and length. Best from 2017 through 2020” – Harvey Steinem
“Lithe and expressive, focusing blackberry and cherry flavors into a narrow beam that shines through a thin veil of fine tannins and persists into the long finish. Drink now through 2022.” -Harvey Steiman
“Vibrant and expressive, with a spurt of currant and plum fruit leading a parade of tangy citrus, dusky spice and chai tea overtones that add depth as the finish expands. Drink now through 2022.” – Harvey Steiman
“Supple and light-footed, with remarkable density to the red plum and blackberry fruit, shaded with hints of cocoa and white pepper as the harmonious finish persists. Drink now through 2022.” – Harvey Steiman
“Vibrant, spicy and minerally, with crushed-gravel overtones to the dark berry, black cherry and cocoa flavors, persisting easily against fine tannins on the long, expressive and open finish. Best from 2016 through 2022.” – Harvey Steiman
Our 2012 Mount Richmond Pinot Noir was awarded an excellent rating of 94 points by Wine Spectator Magazine. The review is currently published in their “Wine Spectator Insider” and will be featured in the October 15th, 2014 issue of the magazine and listed as “Highly Recommended”.
“Broad and expressive, not heavy but dense, with cherry, black plum and rose petal flavors that soar over refined tannins into a long and harmonious finish. Best from 2015 through 2022.”—H.S.
Our 2012 Pinot Gris was listed in the Wine Spectator as one of “Harvey Steiman’s Recommended Wines from Oregon” in their article “Oregon’s Light Touch”. Of 600 wines reviewed for the report, only 18 were listed as a “Top Value”. Here’s what else Steiman had to say about our 2012 Pinot Gris:
“Light and sleek, offering a satiny texture to the pear and floral flavors, which linger deftly and intently”