Oregon Chardonnay is Catching Up

Our 91 point 2017 Goodrich Chardonnay was featured in “8 Oregon Chardonnays at 90+ Points: these new releases prove there’s more to the state than its Pinot Noirs”

According to Wine Spectator reviewer  Tim Fish:

“Pinot Noir gets all the love in Oregon, but Chardonnay is catching up. After decades of uneven quality, the grape is finding its place in the Pacific Northwest.

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So how does Oregon Pinot Noir age?

older vintages of pinot noir
Wine buyers try older vintages from the Elk Cove library at our annual Distributor Retreat

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…”

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93 Points from Vinous for 2016 Five Mountain Pinot Noir

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

 

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92 Points from Vinous for 2016 Clay Court Pinot Noir

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

 

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92 Points from Vinous for 2016 Goodrich Pinot Noir

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

 

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2015 Brut Rosé: Sparkling Wines That Rival Champagne

Our 2015 Brut Rosé featured in Food & Wine Magazine’s article “8 Oregon Sparkling Wines That Rival Champagne”. Here’s what they had to say:

“The Willamette Valley’s distinctive 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

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91 Points from Vinous for 2016 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

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

 

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The 2GV Project – 2nd Generation Vintners

Adam and I on the old two-wheeler in 1982

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!

-Anna Campbell

2GV Seminar
Saturday, July 14th 2-4 pm

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

July 14th, 2019 2-4pm

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2GV Oregon Originals Pinot Noir Cuvée – $100/bottle

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.
PONZI VINEYARDS  36%
ELK COVE VINEYARDS  32%
SOKOL BLOSSER WINERY  32%
150 cases donated
150 cases available for purchase