Steven Spurrier – of Bottle Shock fame – Recommends Elk Cove

Steven Spurrier weighed in on his summer visit to Oregon’s Willamette Valley – and recommended our 2016 Mount Richmond Pinot Noir:

“These wines are very site-specific, reminding me of Burgundy, which is probably why Burgundians are taking such an interest… From the Pinots, I had so many scores over 92 that it is hard to choose just five from the splendid 2016s, but here goes: Cristom, Jessie Vineyard; Elk Cove, Mount Richmond; Evesham Wood, Le Puits Sec; Nicolas-Jay, Willamette Valley; R Stuart & Co, Autograph.”

Spurrier is a British wine expert and one of the most influential wine writers in the world. He opened France’s first private wine school in 1973 and his discovery of California wines inspired the movie Bottle Shock. Spurrier is currently the Consultant Editor for Decanter Magazine.

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93 Points in Wine Spectator

Our 2017 Mount Richmond Pinot Noir received a spectacular 93 point rating from the Wine Spectator:

“Offers grace and presence, with layered cherry and pomegranate flavors, accented by sassafras tea and spice notes, building tension toward refined tannins.” – T.F.

This review posted online to subscribers at winespectator.com in 2019.

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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91 Points and Editor’s Choice – Our 2018 Pinot Gris

Our 2018 Willamette Valley Pinot Gris was awarded 91 points and named and Editor’s Choice by Wine Enthusiast Magazine:

“Tones of lemon, lime and green apple penetrate deeply on the nose and palate. It’s tart and juicy, with a bright profile that will please many.” – 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.

 

91 Points in Wine Enthuasiast

Our 2017 Mount Richmond Pinot Noir was awarded 91 points by Wine Enthusiast!

“All of Adam Campbell’s 2017 Pinots are fine-tuned and elegant. Not as ripe as the 2015s, nor as sturdy as the 2016s, they perfectly express the character of this vintage. This vineyard selection offers tight raspberry limned with citrus. Flavors are sharp, and the tannins polished. Another year or two in the bottle should further improve this wine.” – 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.

92 Points in Wine Enthusiast

Our 2017 Clay Court Pinot Noir was awarded 92 points by Wine Enthusiast!

“Made from Pommard and Dijon vines set atop Parrett Mountain, this is a spicy wine with pinpoint flavors of mountain berries, backed with juicy citrus. A finesse wine, stylish and deep, the details remain in sharp focus through a mineral-backed finish.” – Paul Gregutt

The review posts 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.

2017 Five Mountain Pinot Noir – 91 Points in Wine Enthusiast

Our 2017 Five Mountain Pinot Noir was awarded 91 points by Wine Enthusiast!

“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.