2015 Brut Rosé: Year’s Best Summer Sparklers

Our 2015 Brut Rosé was awarded 92 points by  Wine & Spirits Magazine and was featured in their “Year’s Best Summer Sparklers.”

“This is Elk Cove’s second vintage of a sparkling rosé, made with fruit from some of the oldest vines on the property. It starts off with a soft and elegant mousse and a whiff of lees and plum juice. The flavors are juicy and linear, with plenty of acidity to balance the fruit. It’s ripe and seductive, with a mildly earthy finish.” – Patrick J. Comiskey

Read the full article – along with 14 other ratings of top Oregon sparkling wines – in the August 2019 Issue of Wine & Spirits magazine. Cheers!


90 Points in Wine & Spirits

Our 2015 Mount Richmond Pinot Noir was awarded 90 points by Wine & Spirits Magazine:

“From a vineyard on the western edges of the Yamhill-Carlton AVA, this dis­plays classic Elk Cove generosity-of briary fruit, of accessible richness, of caramelly oak. Dark, juicy and robust, with a mildly floral grip of tannins, it’s youthful, deserving of a couple more years in the cellar before serving with Arctic char. 90 Points

This review posted in the December 2017 issue of the magazine. It will also be featured in their “Best US Pinot Noirs” list in April, 2018.

90 Points in Wine & Spirits

Wine & Spirits Magazine gave our 2013 Clay Court Pinot Noir  a great review of 90 Points. This wine also made their list of the Year’s Best U.S. Pinot Noirs:

“This wine’s dark chocolate scents of oak contrast with its light red, pomegranate-like fruit. The pieces are all here, but they need time to integrate. Then serve with rotisserie-roasted pork.” – Patrick J. Comiskey

92 Points in Wine & Spirits

Our 2012 La Bohème Pinot Noir received an excellent 92 Point rating from Wine & Spirits Magazine:

“Suave when first poured, this wine’s scent of dark cherries and an earthy bottom note keep it grounded and seductive. The palate is a quiet marvel of succulence, ripe and high toned at once. Its cherry fruit gives way to pomegranate before shifting back again, with mildly savory, mildly bitter tannins. For a duck breast, simply seared.” – Patrick J. Comiskey

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

2012 Clay Court: 90 Points in Wine & Spirits

Our 2012 Clay Court  received 90 points from Wine & Spirits Magazine in their August 2014 issue:

“Bright with a high-toned cherry aroma, this deepens to plum and spice in the middle. The finish is lean and firmly in the grip of fruit skin tannins. For braised lamb.” – 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.

2010 Roosevelt: 90 Points in Wine & Spirits

“Scents of beef consommé and smoke suggest a fairly oaky profile, but there’s ample fruit to carry it. After a day of air, this Oregon wine resembles the supple, open richness of a pinot from the Russian River. For grilled pacific salmon.” – Patrick J. Comiskey, Wine & Spirits Magazine (August, 2013)

2011 Mount Richmond: 91 Points in Wine & Spirits

“Scents of black cherry and chocolaty oak suggest this will be a rich wine, and the dark red-fruited flavors bear this out.  But the wine comes into focus in a lively finish, with a hint of fruit blossom and mouthwatering acidity. It has the fine-boned elegance to pair with grilled salmon.” -Patrick J. Comiskey

Winery of the Year!

We are proud to have been chosen as a Wine & Spirits Winery of the Year!

The honor, published in Wine & Spirit’s 27th Annual Buying Guide, is based on top scores over the past year.  In 2013 Wine & Sprits gave Elk Cove wines some excellent scores including:

  • 93 Points: ’10 Clay Court Pinot Noir
  • 92 Points: ’10 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
  • 92 Points: ’12 Willamette Valley Pinot Gris

According to Wine & Sprits, Elk Cove is “known for generous, finely made pinots” and has been able to increase quality through “greater control over its vineyard sources”.  We agree!

Five other Oregon wineries were also honored: Adelsheim, Bergstrom, Cristom, Domaine Drouhin, and J. Christopher.  This is a great showing for a selection of the top 100 wineries in the world.  The world is taking notice :  some truly great wines are coming out of Oregon.

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August 2013 Wine & Spirits2012 Pinot Gris Willamette Valley:

92 Points & Year’s Best Pinot Gris

“Mouthwatering and brisk, this succulent gris has the scent of apple blossoms, its flavors giving the impression of a slice of crisp apple spritzed with lemon.  A summer refresher, or a  good pairing with petrale sole.”

(August 1, 2013)

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2010 Clay Court Pinot Noir:

93 Points Year’s Best Pinot Noir. “Dark and plummy, this has an irresistible mélange of scents that ranges from pipe tobacco to flourless chocolate cake. There’s a dark and inviting purity of fruit to the palate that feels generous and sweet, the tannins informed by fruit rather than oak, giving the wine length and poise. For duck confit.” (April 1, 2013)

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2008 Ultima:

93 Points Recommended! — (August 1, 2010)

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2005 Riesling Estate:

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)

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2009 Riesling Estate:

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)

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2000 Pinot Gris Willamette Valley:

91 Points 3 Star Award “The scent of a juicy Barlett pear leads into distinctive pear-like flavors, and there’s grip to help those flavors last.like a delicate, well-preserved fresh fruit; drink it up.taste the cool rains of Willamette.” (March 31, 2002)