The 18th Amendment was repealed over 85 years ago. What a great excuse to celebrate – join us for our annual Repeal Day Party in the Elk Cove wine cellar.
The end of prohibition is also an excuse for us to delve into a bit of the family history of Elk Cove cofounders Pat and Joe Campbell:
Pat’s great grandparents were Swiss farmers and winemakers in Helvetia, Oregon in the early 1900s. Did they make wine during Prohibition? If you were a subsistence farmer with 4 kids, 12 grandkids and 5 acres of Chasselas grapevines, what would you do?
We’re often asked how long to age our Pinot Noirs. While some 95% of wine buyers drink their purchases as soon as they get their wine home, aging an Oregon Pinot Noir can be fascinating as the wines take on more leather, dried fig, and tobacco leaf components.
At Elk Cove, we maintain a library of older vintage wines so that we can regularly assess how those wines are aging. We often open a bottle of our Pinot Noir from the 70’s or 80’s and find that it’s aging quite nicely. Part of the enjoyment is in knowing the family history of these wines. As Elk Cove winemaker Adam Campbell told Oregon Wine Press Magazine in 2019, the wines his dad made in the 1970’s “are still tasting lovely, and we feel so fortunate to be able to break out a little piece of history every now and then…”
We’re featuring Charlotte and Lila’s favorite Elk Cove wine – our 2017 Soil Trilogy – throughout the month of October 2019 in our tasting room and online. Charlotte and Lila Bright are the newest members of the Elk Cove tasting room team. When we asked them to each pick a favorite Elk Cove wine, but they both wanted to do the 2017 Soil Trilogy – together. Here’s what Lila has to say about it:
How long have you been working at Elk Cove?
Just 4 months. Dane Campbell – one of the best people in the world – is a really good friend of a friend, and he referred me to Elk Cove. I wasn’t knowledgeable about wine, but Elk Cove gave me a chance. I’m learning something new every day and that’s an exciting part of the job. Plus we really do have the best customers in the whole world.
Why the Soil Trilogy?
We’re one of the few wineries that have wines from all three of these soil types, and I LOVE Jory soil because that’s where Clay Court comes from.
So really Clay Court is your favorite, why?
It’s such a beautiful wine – really smooth but also lingering… It’s a great stand-alone wine – you don’t need food to enjoy it. I like to say it’s “deliciousness in a bottle”.
Also, Clay Court is Elk Cove founder Pat Campbell’s favorite too. When I found that out I said “YES!” because she is one of my heroes. She was the first woman winemaker in Oregon and she does amazing things for the community. I’ve gotten to know her because she’s often up here taking care of the flowers and the garden. I really hope we can stay family-owned forever and be 4th, 5th and 6th generation winery someday.
What’s it like working with Charlotte?
Charlotte and I are definitely the two newbies, but we’re a good team. We’re both bubbly people. We might be a bit enthusiastic, but she and I are a force to be reckoned with.
We’re proud to announce our Holiday Catalog for 2019!
We’ve always run specials this time of year, but for 2019 we decided to make it official. These products are also available on our shopping cart. You can always order by emailing email@example.com or calling us at 503-985-7760 during business hours. We love helping people plan their holiday wine purchases.
“Peppery aromas carry that spicy impression into the palate, where medium-ripe red berries rule. Look for additional details of sweet grass and fresh herbs as it gently fades. Drink now through the early 2020s.” – Paul Gregutt
The review will post in the October 2019 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.
These are the people who help us show Elk Cove to the world and we are so grateful for all that they do!
DISTRIBUTOR RETREAT 2019!
In August 2019, rock star members of the trade came from across the US to learn about Elk Cove and the Willamette Valley with vineyard visits, wine tastings, expert panels and fantastic meals all hosted by the Elk Cove staff.
Campers: we hope you all had a fantastic time in Oregon and at Elk Cove. Please share your fantastic pics here or on IG/TW @elkcove using #elkcove Cheers! THANK YOU for the photos: Brittany Mott, Wine Specialist with RNDC Dani Heidle, Elk Cove National Sales Manager Amy Griffith, Elk Cove Winery Chef
Curious how soil affects wine? Our Soil Trilogy is a great way to experience three wines made with the same varietal, by the same winemaker, our own Adam Campbell, from grapes grown on each of the three primary soil types here in the northern Willamette Valley. We are very fortunate to farm Pinot Noir on each of the three major Willamette Valley soil types: Willakenzie (marine sedimentary), Laurelwood (windblown silt) and Jory (volcanic clay). Our wines that typify the expression of each soil type are:
La Bohème (Willakenzie/marine sediment)
Five Mountain (Laurelwood/windblown silt)
Clay Court (Jory/volcanic clay)
From early on, it was our goal to farm on this diversity of soil types so that we could take Elk Cove 100% estate. The final piece of this puzzle was our purchase of Clay Court Vineyard in 2009. Clay Court is now home to Elk Cove founders Pat and Joe Campbell – and the namesake tennis court.
There is a relationship between soil type, aromatics and fruit expression that is fascinating to explore. Our soil trilogy is your chance to find out first-hand and taste for yourself. Our Single Vineyard Wines are made in small runs, this offer is only available while supplies last.
Riesling Revival is a celebration of Oregon Riesling that doubles a poolside welcome to members of the wine trade on their first day of Oregon Pinot Camp.
Campers were revived, Oregon-style, with an official Pre-Oregon Pinot Camp pool party at Elk Cove owner/winemaker Adam Campbell’s home and the site of Elk Cove’s Five Mountain Vineyard. We celebrated and sampled the highest quality Riesling wines produced in the Willamette Valley.
Thank you Alexana, Brooks, Elk Cove, Hyland Estates, Ponzi, Trisaetum, Union Wine Co., and Van Duzer Vineyards, Lucky Strike, DJ Mike Willison & a very special thank you to the Reverend Riesling! Cheers to another successful revival of the world’s best white wine.
Josh Raynolds of Antonio Galloni’s Vinous gave our 2016 Five Mountain Pinot Noir a 93 point score in his review of Oregon Wines published this May- “Oregon: An Embarrassment of Riches and Richness”.
“Bright ruby-red. Highly perfumed, mineral- and spice-tinged aromas of raspberry, cherry cola and incense are complemented by a suave floral nuance. Seamless and energetic on the palate, offering juicy red fruit liqueur, spicecake and rose pastille flavors and a minerally quality that emerges on the back half. Finishes smooth, floral and impressively long, showing sharp delineation and fine-grained tannins that lend gentle grip.” – Josh Raynolds
Josh Raynolds of Antonio Galloni’s Vinous gave our 2016 Clay Court Pinot Noir a 92 point score in his review of Oregon Wines published this May- “Oregon: An Embarrassment of Riches and Richness”.
“Deep bright red. Musky red berries, cherry pit, candied flowers and succulent herbs on the spice-tinged nose. Chewy and focused in the mouth, showing very good definition and mineral lift to the subtly sweet raspberry, cherry and spicecake flavors. Puts on weight with air and finishes very long and precise, with a resonating floral note and sneaky, well-knit tannins.” – Josh Raynolds
Josh Raynolds of Antonio Galloni’s Vinous gave our 2016 Goodrich Pinot Noir 92 point score in his review of Oregon Wines published this May- “Oregon: An Embarrassment of Riches and Richness”.
“Translucent ruby-red. Expansive red/blue fruit scents are complicated by suggestions of mocha, succulent herbs and candied rose. Smooth and fleshy in the mouth, offering lively black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that tighten up and become spicier on the back half. Fine-grained, harmonious tannins build steadily on a very long, floral-accented finish that echoes the spicy note.” – Josh Raynolds
“TheWillamette Valley’sdistinctive climate and geology have made it renowned for Pinot Noir, and its Chardonnays can be equally impressive—two varieties that also happen to be the classic ingredients of great sparkling wine… Winemaker Adam Campbell is one of Oregon’s top Pinot talents. His skill shows through in this creamy, lightly toasty wine.” – Ray Isle, Food & Wine
Josh Raynolds of Antonio Galloni’s Vinous gave our 2016 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir a 91 point score in his review of Oregon Wines published this May- “Oregon: An Embarrassment of Riches and Richness”.
“Brilliant ruby-red. Expressive red berry preserve, candied rose and baking spice scents show excellent clarity and lift. Fleshy but lively as well, offering sweet raspberry, cherry and spicecake flavors that pick up a hint of smokiness with air. Smoothly blends power and delicacy and finishes very long and spicy, with supple tannins sneaking in late. This is quite an impressive “basic” bottling of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir.” – Josh Raynolds
We’re featuring Anne’s favorite Elk Cove wine – our 2016 Old Vines Pinot Noir – throughout the month of June 2019 in our tasting room and online. This wine is available exclusively from our tasting room and by calling us at 503-985-7760. Cheers!
“Who doesn’t love a classic? Our Old Vines block is comprised entirely of Pommard clones – one of the main clone types planted in the early days of Oregon wine country. This block of grapes is special to us because they were planted when Joe and Pat Campbell first began Elk Cove in the mid-1970s. How often do you have a chance to drink Oregon pinot noir more than 40 years in the making?
These vines produce wine that has beautiful black cherry and blackberry notes with a touch of earthiness and spice. The tannins are smooth and supple, and the elegance of this wine begs to be paired with dishes like Pacific Northwest salmon or pork tenderloin. We didn’t produce many cases of Old Vines, so don’t miss out!” – Anne Nguyen, Tasting Room Associate
When our family settled in Gaston and planted grapevines in 1974, most people in the Willamette Valley thought my folks were crazy. At the time no one had heard of a (good) Oregon wine.
My parents were fiercely independent, but soon they realized that they couldn’t make Oregon wine succeed all by themselves. They needed a strong community. And they shared a vision of making world-class Pinot Noir with other back-to-the-landers like the Ponzis and the Sokol Blossers. Together, these families built a famously collaborative winemaking region, gaining international recognition for Oregon wines along the way.
Now in the second generation, Elk Cove, Ponzi and Sokol Blosser remain family-owned and true to our roots. We share a history, but we also share a vision of the future as we look to the third generation.
The 2GV team from left to right: Maria Ponzi, Luisa Ponzi, Alison Sokol Blosser, Alex Sokol Blosser, Anna Campbell & Adam Campbell
My brother and I, together with Luisa and Maria Ponzi, Alex and Alison Sokol Blosser, created the 2GV project to explore this shared history and to plan for our shared future. We’ve created a collaborative Pinot Noir and a fascinating “hand vs land” seminar. Join us and get to know these Oregon Originals and the 2nd Generation Vintners project. Cheers!
Join 2GV, the 2nd Generation Vintners, for an informative wine tasting seminar.
We invite you to spend an afternoon with us in a tasting of “hand versus land” exploring the effects of vineyard site and winemaking style. Taste through the nine component wines and the final blend of the collaborative Pinot Noir made by the Elk Cove, Ponzi and Sokol Blosser siblings.
The collaborative winemaking team will guide you in this tasting while telling tales and answering your questions about growing up on the vineyard – and planning for the future of their Oregon original wineries.
$35 club, $50 general public
One tasting fee waived with a 2 bottle purchase
Echoing the same collaborative spirit of their parents, together we’ve blended the fruit of each original vineyard into one single expression of Pinot Noir, highlighting the unique sites and individual styles of the winemakers.
“This has a vibrant and lively nose with upbeat, red-cherry and berry aromas that are laced with attractive perfume. The palate has a smooth, fresh and juicy array of vibrant red-cherry flavor and holds the finish in attractive, fleshy mode. Drink now.” – James Suckling
JamesSuckling.com uses a 100-point scale, with 90 points or more being outstanding. “It’s a wine I want to drink a glass of and is an outstanding purchase.” – James Suckling
We’re featuring Tasting Room Lead Neil Frew’s favorite Elk Cove wine, our 2016 Mount Richmond Pinot Noir, all month in our tasting room. We’re also giving you $5 off per bottle through May 30, 2019. Cheers!
“Others have called Mt. Richmond the quintessential Yamhill-Carlton vineyard, and I’d have to agree. The marine sedimentary soils in this area provide the backdrop for amazingly rich and dark flavors unlike anywhere else on the Valley. Look for black cherry, blueberry, and violets on the nose. This is something special!
And my favorite part about Mt. Richmond is that despite the extra body and tannin, the texture is always silky and smooth. Pair with braised short ribs or seared duck breast, because this is a wine that deserves it.” – Neil Frew, Tasting Room Lead