92 Points in Wine Enthusiast Magazine
Our 2014 Reserve Pinot Noir has received an excellent 92 point rating from Wine Enthusiast Magazine.
This review will post in the December, 2016 issue of the 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.
94 Points in Wine Spectator Insider
Our 2014 Goodrich Pinot Noir received a spectacular 94 point rating from Wine Spectator Magazine.
“Distinctly minerally, with a saline quality to the ripe raspberry and cherry flavors, coming together harmoniously against powderytannins on the long, vivid finish. Exciting, promising a great future.” – Harvey Steinem
According to Wine Spectator’s Insider, the 4 page report features “wines that have most excited our editors in their recent tastings” posted in advance for subscribers to the magazine.
92 Points & “Cellar Selection” in Wine Enthusiast
Our 2014 Mount Richmond Pinot Noir was awarded 92 points and listed as an “Cellar Selection” by Wine Enthusiast Magazine.
“This deeply flavored wine bursts forth with ripe blueberry, plum and cherry fruit. The mouthfeel is silky and succulent, wrapping the forward fruit into darker flavors laced with minty cacao, licorice and espresso.” –Paul Gregutt
According to the Wine Enthusiast, a rating of 90-94 points equates to “Excellent. Extremely well made and highly recommended.” The full review posted in the August 2016 issue of the magazine.
Year’s Best Pinot Noirs
Three Elk Cove wines made Wine & Spirits Magazine’s list of the Year’s Best U.S. Pinot Noirs.
San Francisco based Wine and Spirits Magazine tasted more than 1,140 American Pinot Noirs in 2015. Of those, only 149 received a score high enough to make their Year’s Best U.S. Pinot Noirs so this is a huge honor. Included on the list are:
92 Points: Elk Cove 2013 Five Mountain Pinot Noir
91 Points: Elk Cove 2013 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
90 Points: Elk Cove 2013 Clay Court Pinot Noir
We are proud of our winemakers for creating wines that impress in a year that many considered a more difficult vintage for Oregon. This list will post in their April 2016 issue.
92 Points in Wine Spectator
Our 2012 Roosevelt Pinot Noir received an excellent 92 Points from Wine Spectator Magazine in February, 2015:
“Plush and expressive, focused and distinctive, with smoke and licorice overtones to the blueberry and purple plum flavors, lingering harmoniously against well-buffed tannins.” – Harvey Steiman
Write up for our Pinot Noir in the New Zealand Herald
“If you’re after an excellent introduction to pinot from the western US, this is it. Subtle, baked strawberry, hedgerow fruit, cocoa and soft spices greet the nose, while the mouthfeel is slippery and succulent, with hints of savoury, meaty notes held together by buoyant acidity, fine, emery-like tannins and a long, spicy finish.” – Yvonne Lorkin
*Note: the price quoted for this wine in the article is in New Zealand Dollars.
94 Points & “Cellar Selection” in Wine Enthusiast
Our 2013 Clay Court Pinot Noir received a whopping 94 points and was designated a “Cellar Selection” by Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
“Though the 2013 vintage has generally been deemed a challenging one, this astonishing bottling proves that great wine can be made somewhere in almost any year. This warm and fruity, perfectly structured single-vineyard effort opens with a smooth and supple palate offering strawberry and cherry fruit, defining acidity and superb length. Give it a few hours to breathe and it shows depth, finesse and the ability to age and improve through 2025 and beyond. Cellar Selection.” – Paul Gregutt
This review posted in their October, 2015 issue of the magazine.