We got our hands dirty at IPNC, diving into the three dominant soil types of the Willamette Valley!

“Elk Cove is one of the Founding Wineries of the International Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC) held in Oregon each Summer and it is by far the best wine event on the planet!

Educational, inspirational, and super-fun, this Pinot Celebration brings together the best winemakers from Burgundy, Oregon, California as well as top folks from New Zealand, South Africa, Chile, Germany, Australia (too many to list) for a weekend of seminars, tastings, sharing of ideas and amazing meals in the relaxed collegial setting of Linfield College in McMinnville.”

-Adam Campbell, Elk Cove Vineyards Owner & Winemaker

Our 2017 IPNC seminar at the Elk Cove Winery Estate explored the three main soil types of the Northern Willamette Valley: Willakenzie, Laurelwood & Jory.

On a knoll overlooking some of the oldest vines in the Willamette Valley, our winemaker Adam Campbell was joined by three International and American Pinot Noir winemakers for a blending seminar exploring the relationship between soil and aromatics and fruit expression. We tasted barrel samples of our La Bohème (Willakenzie/marine sediment), Five Mountain (Laurelwood/windblown silt) and Clay Court (Jory/volcanic clay) vineyards. IPNC guests then tried their hand at crafting the perfect blend!

Curious how soil affects wine? Our IPNC 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 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).

What is the signature of soil types in Oregon’s Willamette Valley? This 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.

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Our 2015 Clay Court Pinot Noir received an excellent 91 point rating from Wine Enthusiast.

“Pommard and Dijon clones planted in 2001 fuel this tasty wine. Its dusty plum and black cherry fruit carries a touch of dark chocolate, all framed by firm yet polished tannins. Built to age, it can be enjoyed now with a good decanting.”-P.G.

This review will post in the October 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.

On July 9th we hosted our Roosevelt Club Members for our annual BBQ. Thanks to everyone who made this event possible: Elk Cove staff, our Volunteers from the Forest Grove Swim Team and Pacific University Cheer, Harvey Brindell and the Table Rockers, Jessica Hansen of Middleground Farms, Zeph Shepard of Proletariat Butchery, Parties By Inez and most importantly our wine club members!

Elk Cove has made wine writer Chuck Hill’s “Wines of the Week” in his feature pairing Pinot Noir with a classic Northwest dish: Salmon. This is a lesser-known pairing outside of our region, but here in Oregon it’s standard fare for a celebratory dinner or summer BBQ.

“It is a true pleasure to linger over delicious Copper River salmon from the grill paired with perfectly balanced Pinot Noir from Oregon’s best vineyards. The Elk Cove Willamette Valley blend comes from all five estate vineyards plus some purchased fruit. Different soil types and a variety of clones assure a complex and flavorful bottling. Look for dark cherry and chalky mineral with hints of citrus, toasty oak and red plum. ” – Chuck Hill

Thanks for reviewing our wine Chuck! To see more wines of the week, go to winesnw.com

We’ve been featured on Grant’s Getaways! Grant McOmie is one of Oregon’s favorite travel journalists and we are honored to be included on this feature on the Oregon Wine Country Electric Vehicle Byway, otherwise known as Plug & Pinot.

You can explore many Oregon travel destinations with Grant on the Travel Oregon website as well as at KGW.com.

Spring Growth BannerA lot has been happening this spring! Here’s what’s been going on at Elk Cove over the past three months.

In the Vineyard:

We officially have 100% budbreak. We’re still about 2 weeks behind our average year so we anticipate a later harvest than in 2016. On a warm day this time of year you can almost watch the vines grow, they’ll gain an inch or more in height in 24 hours!

Travis and the vineyard crew have planted an additional 10 acres of Pinot Noir (Adam’s favorite Dijon clone 777) at Mount Richmond Vineyard. We still have a bit more room for planting at Mount Richmond. This is our largest vineyard site just outside the town of Yamhill, Oregon.

We’ve been mowing or disking in our cover crops. These grasses and legumes help us retain soil moisture, balance soil fertility and prevent erosion.

In the Winery

Winemakers Heather and Adam are tasting every single barrel in the cellar, some more than once! We can laugh about what a cushy job this is, but it’s real work trying to maintain your palate all day. Heather says peppy music is essential. They are choosing blends for each of our Single Vineyard Pinot Noirs as well as our Willamette Valley Pinot Noir.

Bottling of our 2016 white wines (and our 2016 Rosé) is finished! Our 100% Pinot Noir Rosé, Pinot Gris, and Estate Riesling have all been released but it will be another year or so before the 2016 reds are available.

In the Tasting Room

We recently hosted members of our Roosevelt Club for our Spring Dinner. Chef Jessica Hansen of the Kitchen at Middleground Farms did a great job with the menu and Kari and Katherine presented Roosevelt magnums to 12 members who’ve been in our Wine Club for 10 years or longer.

Katherine, Elissa and the Tasting Room crew are gearing up for Summer. Oregon has such beautiful weather in June, July and August so we expect a lot of visitors in the coming months. We’re especially excited about our collaborative event with the Portland Opera, Opera in the Vineyard as well as our sister winery Pike Road Wine’s Eclipse Party.

Here are a few photos of the spring season: