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,

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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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

90 Points in Wine & Spirits

Our 2015 Mount Richmond Pinot Noir was awarded 90 points by Wine & Spirits Magazine:

“From a vineyard on the western edges of the Yamhill-Carlton AVA, this dis­plays classic Elk Cove generosity-of briary fruit, of accessible richness, of caramelly oak. Dark, juicy and robust, with a mildly floral grip of tannins, it’s youthful, deserving of a couple more years in the cellar before serving with Arctic char. 90 Points

This review posted in the December 2017 issue of the magazine. It will also be featured in their “Best US Pinot Noirs” list in April, 2018.

Harvest 2017

Here’s your Harvest 2017 update:

October 1st:

This year our winemaking interns hail from around the US – Florida, Pennsylvania, Utah, California and Oregon, with a single international student from Italy. Their experience varies, between them they have an average of two harvest seasons under their belts working in New Zealand, France, Pennsylvania and Oregon. This year we have our interns housed on two vineyard sites: Mount Richmond and Goodrich. We are enjoying 12 hour work days, hearty lunches made by Pat Campbell and daily riddles – if anyone has any good ones send them along!

Also on our crew, Elk Cove’s Shirley Brooks, VP of Sales and Marketing. Shirley is taking a “break” from the world of selling wine and managing our sales and marketing team to punch down, sort, rack and clean.

October 23rd:

We’ve brought in 90%+ of our fruit so far with some record-breaking days. Wednesday October 9th was our biggest day ever, with 110 tons landing on the crush-pad in one day. That’s enough fruit to produce 6,600 cases cases of wine. At 800 grapes/bottle, that means over 63 million grapes!

November 2nd:

November is upon us & we finally are getting a chance to catch our breath. All fruit is now in the cellar with red ferments bubbling away in open tanks and white ferments undergoing slow cold fermentation in closed tanks.

This harvest has been a classic Oregon vintage with plenty of sunny days and refreshingly cool nights only interrupted by rain a few times in late September and mid-October.

With over 40 vintages under our belt and amazing hillside vineyards we were able to pick the right harvesting windows and pick beautifully ripe fruit. Even at this very early stage we are seeing ripe tannins, fully developed flavors & classic cool climate freshness in all the wines. As always it is really too early to make any pronouncements on the vintage so stay tuned!