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 Riesling 93 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.
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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.
Our Estate Riesling got some good press from Portland Monthly in anticipation of this Saturday’s Riesling Invasion at the Olympic Mills building in Portland, Oregon:
“Fourth generation farmer and winemaker Adam Campbell is using grapes from three estate vineyards to make his Riesling, the oldest vines planted in the 1970’s. The Elk Cove Estate Riesling proves that old vines have amazing complexity with flavors as deep as the 30 feet roots in Campbell’s vineyards.”
– Jessica Pierce, Portland Monthly Eat Beat July 9, 2014
Check out the article here.