91 Points In Vinous

Our 2015 Goodrich Chardonnay was awarded 91 points by Josh Raynolds of Vinous:

“Pale gold. Subtly oak-tinged tangerine, pear and honeydew aromas are complemented by gentle floral and ginger nuances. Smooth and focused in the mouth, offering juicy citrus and orchard fruit flavors that put on weight and pick up a spicy quality with air. Gently sweet and seamless in texture, showing bright closing cut and very good persistence.”

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Excellent Rating in Great Northwest Wine

Our 2014 Goodrich Chardonnay was given an “Excellent” rating by Great Northwest Wine:

“It’s about time. One of the Pacific Northwest’s top producers of Pinot Gris and Riesling has joined the Chardonnay renaissance in Oregon. Adam Campbell and his family’s 2014 investment in Goodrich Vineyard near Yamhill pays dividends here with Elk Cove Vineyards’ first Chardonnay since 1998. The care taken during the winemaking includes a barrel program over 12 months with some lees stirring beyond malolactic fermentation. After that, came six months in stainless steel. That combination creates for beautiful aromatics of rosewater, Asian pear and green banana. On the palate, the integration of the oak leads to flavors of Golden Delicious apple and baked pineapple, backed by pear skin and dried apricot.”

View the whole review at greatnorthwestwine.com

Recommended by Great Northwest Wine

Our 2015 Clay Court Pinot Noir was recommended by Great Northwest Wine.

“When this young 15-acre Pinot Noir project devoted to Pommard, Dijon 115 and 777 clones became available in 2009, the Campbell family jumped at it. And it’s become a smashing success – not only for winemaking son, Adam, but also for his tennis-loving parents. A product of a record-hot vintage makes for enticing aromas of black cherry jam, dark strawberry, ripe red currant and smoky oak. Inside, there are rich and rounded flavors of cherry and plum. Light tannins and raspberry acidity lead to a finishing flourish of plump blueberry.”

View the whole review at Great Northwest Wine online.

Excellent Rating in Great Northwest Wine

Our 2015 Mount Richmond Pinot Noir was given an “Excellent” rating by Great Northwest Wine:

“One of Campbell family’s earliest-ripening sites, Mount Richmond became apart of the Elk Cove portfolio in 1996 when founding vintners Pat and Joe Campbell purchased the land as a partnership with second-generation winemaker Adam Campbell and his wife, Carrie. They’ve used cuttings from their venerable Roosevelt Vineyard to grow it into Elk Cove’s largest planting at 105 acres. This selection of top Pinot Noir lots of Dijon clone 115 and 777 as well as those Roosevelt-birthed Pommard spends 10 months in 50% new French oak barrels. All that work helps produce an immediately approachable, regal and ripe Pinot Noir with aromas and flavors of Marionberry, plum and cherry pie juice presented in a pleasing structure with a finish of Craisin.”

View the whole review in the article “Oregon Retains Focus On Pinot Noir” at greatnorthwestwine.com

Outstanding! Rating in Great Northwest Wine

Our 2016 Pinot Gris was given an “Outstanding!” rating by Great Northwest Wine:

“The winemaking team of Adam Campbell and Heather Perkin combined to produce the top two Pinot Gris in the 2017 Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition, including the Elk Cove Vineyards 2016 Pinot Gris. Much of the hand-harvested clusters were taken from the Campbell family’s original planting, which they populated with Pinot Gris starting in 1985. It resulted in a bounty of citrus notes, showing off lemon, lime and tangerine aromas with a floral influence of sweet freesia. On the palate, a delightful balance of basil and mint complements the tangerine bitters and Meyer lemon juice flavors. The interest in Oregon Pinot Gris prompted the Campbells to increase production over the prior vintage by 10%. And starting this fall, every wine that carries the Elk Cove brand will be 100% estate.”

View the whole review at greatnorthwestwine.com

Recommended by Great Northwest Wine

Our 2016 Estate Riesling was recommended by Great Northwest Wine.

“Adam Campbell has the privilege of working with three estate sites for his Riesling program, including a pair of old vines plantings — Elk Cove Estate and Windhill – that were established in 1975. That makes them among the oldest in Oregon. The younger Five Mountain Vineyard is the outlier, but combined they make for an approachable style that sits in the middle of “dry” on the International Riesling Foundation ’s Tasting Profile. Mouthwatering aromas of Lemonhead and sour apple candy and spearmint with some minerality. There’s baked orchard fruit with honey on the palate with notes of jasmine, lavender and nectarine in the finish.”

View the whole review at Great Northwest Wine online.

Our 2015 Goodrich Pinot Noir: 93 Points in Vinous

Josh Raynolds of Vinous gives a thorough analysis of the 2015 Vintage for Oregon, reporting that “Oregon Pushes the Quality Needle for Pinot.” We are very pleased that Josh gave our 2015 Goodrich Pinot Noir top marks:

2015 GOODRICH PINOT NOIR – 93 POINTS

“Light vivid red. Suave, spice- and mineral-accented red berry and potpourri aromas, accompanied by a hint of succulent herbs and a smoky nuance that emerges with air. Sweet and precise on the palate, offering energetic raspberry, cherry and spicecake flavors along with muskier rhubarb and floral pastille notes. The penetrating, red-fruit-driven finish shows excellent clarity, smooth tannins and strong persistence.” – Josh Raynolds, vinous.com

“At the intersection of media and technology, Vinous is Antonio Galloni’s vision of a modern-day wine publication. Vinous’s team of renowned critics and writers offers in depth coverage of new releases, retrospectives and verticals of older wines, videos with winemakers, interactive maps, restaurant recommendations and more, all published in a continual, daily stream of articles. With the acquisition of Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar in December 2014 and the addition of the IWC editorial team, Vinous expanded coverage to all major wine regions. Today Vinous has subscribers in over 80 countries and is one of the most respected wine publications in the world.”

Read the article on Oregon’s 2015 Vintage here. Full wine reviews for all Oregon wineries are available to members of vinous, more information at vinous.com.

Vinous Offers an Analysis of the 2015 Vintage in Oregon

Josh Raynolds of Vinous gives a thorough analysis of the 2015 Vintage for Oregon, reporting that “Oregon Pushes the Quality Needle for Pinot”

“Recent vintages have mostly been an embarrassment of riches for Oregon’s winegrowers—in quantity as well as quality. One could also add that “richness” applies to the style of wines made in 2015, 2014 and 2012 as well. The ‘15 vintage, the main focus of this year’s report, is already commanding intense demand in the market and what ‘14s are still out there, including many of the late releases covered here, are also hot commodities…” – Josh Raynolds, Vinous.com

We are very pleased that Josh gave our Single Vineyard Pinot Noirs top marks:

2015 ROOSEVELT PINOT NOIR – 93 POINTS

Brilliant red. A highly perfumed bouquet evokes ripe red and blue fruits, candied flowers and incense, along with hints of cola, vanilla and smoked meat in the background. Seamless and appealingly sweet, offering concentrated black raspberry, boysenberry and lavender pastille flavors that are braced by a hint of blood orange. Shows outstanding clarity and solid thrust on the impressively long, seamless, floral- and vanilla-tinged finish, which is framed by smooth, harmonious tannins.

2015 LA BOHEME PINOT NOIR – 93 POINTS

Dark bright-rimmed red. Ripe blackberry, cherry, licorice and pungent floral scents show very good lift and clarity. Supple, open-knit and appealingly sweet, offering concentrated dark berry and violet pastille flavors that are given spicy bite by a white pepper nuance. Displays very good clarity and solid thrust on the long, smooth finish, which features rounded tannins and repeating spiciness.

2015 CLAY COURT PINOT NOIR – 92 POINTS

Bright red. Highly perfumed red berry, cherry cola and floral scents, along with a smoky mineral flourish that builds in the glass. Sweet and energetic on the palate, offering raspberry, spicecake and smoky mineral flavors that tighten up slowly on the back half. Finishes long, smooth and floral; slow-building tannins add framework and gentle grip.

2015 FIVE MOUNTAIN PINOT NOIR – 92 POINTS

Limpid red. Fresh strawberry, blood orange and succulent herb flavors are sharpened by a chalky mineral quality that builds as the wine opens up. Vibrant red berry and bitter cherry flavors show very good clarity, silky, seamless texture and a sweetening touch of mocha on the back half. Offers strong tension and subtle smokiness on the finish, which features firming tannins and a lingering suggestion of candied rose.

2015 GOODRICH PINOT NOIR – 93 POINTS

Light vivid red. Suave, spice- and mineral-accented red berry and potpourri aromas, accompanied by a hint of succulent herbs and a smoky nuance that emerges with air. Sweet and precise on the palate, offering energetic raspberry, cherry and spicecake flavors along with muskier rhubarb and floral pastille notes. The penetrating, red-fruit-driven finish shows excellent clarity, smooth tannins and strong persistence.

2015 MOUNT RICHMOND PINOT NOIR – 92 POINTS

Deep red. Lively, highly perfumed raspberry, Asian spice and rose scents are complicated by hints of woodsmoke and cola. Silky and penetrating on the palate, where juicy acidity provides spine and lift to sweet red fruit liqueur, spicecake and floral pastille flavors. This nicely concentrated but lively Pinot finishes smooth and sweet, displaying excellent focus and persistent floral character.

“At the intersection of media and technology, Vinous is Antonio Galloni’s vision of a modern-day wine publication. Vinous’s team of renowned critics and writers offers in depth coverage of new releases, retrospectives and verticals of older wines, videos with winemakers, interactive maps, restaurant recommendations and more, all published in a continual, daily stream of articles. With the acquisition of Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar in December 2014 and the addition of the IWC editorial team, Vinous expanded coverage to all major wine regions. Today Vinous has subscribers in over 80 countries and is one of the most respected wine publications in the world.”

Read the article on Oregon’s 2015 Vintage here. Full wine reviews for all Oregon wineries are available to members of vinous, more information at vinous.com.