2017 Pinot Gris – Gold Medal and “Reserve Class Champion”

Our 2017 Pinot Gris received a gold medal and was named “Reserve Class Champion” in the 2019 Houston Rodeo Uncorked! wine competition.

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo hosts several events including an international wine competition, a food competition and wine auction. Guests can visit the “Champion Wine Garden” to enjoy the top wines from each year’s competition:

“Wines from around the world enter this elite, privately judged competition held in November. Winning wines can be tasted during the Roundup & Best Bites Competition and at the Champion Wine Garden.

The 2019 International Wine Competition judging included 3,156 entries from 18 different countries, including Argentina, Austria, Chile, France, Italy, Japan, Portugal and South Africa. Texas wineries represented 413 entries, and 370 entries came from this year’s featured region, California’s Central Coast.”

This score is posted online at rodeohouston.com

2016 Five Mountain Pinot Noir – 93 points in The Tasting Panel Magazine

Our 2016 Five Mountain Pinot Noir received an outstanding 93 points in The Tasting Panel’s Blue Reviews:

“Silky, succulent, and refreshing with cherry and savory notes, this is a testament to what Oregon can accomplish in the hands of a fine winemaking tradition at a great winery.” –Anthony Dias Blue

This review posted in the November 2018 issue of The Tasting Panel Magazine and at tastingpanelmag.com.

For each issue, Anthony Dias Blue selects the best wines among hundreds sampled. The wines are rated according to a 100 point scale:

95-100: Classic
90-94: Outstanding
85-89: Very Good

2015 Brut Rosé: Year’s Best Summer Sparklers

Our 2015 Brut Rosé was awarded 92 points by  Wine & Spirits Magazine and was featured in their “Year’s Best Summer Sparklers.”

“This is Elk Cove’s second vintage of a sparkling rosé, made with fruit from some of the oldest vines on the property. It starts off with a soft and elegant mousse and a whiff of lees and plum juice. The flavors are juicy and linear, with plenty of acidity to balance the fruit. It’s ripe and seductive, with a mildly earthy finish.” – Patrick J. Comiskey

Read the full article – along with 14 other ratings of top Oregon sparkling wines – in the August 2019 Issue of Wine & Spirits magazine. Cheers!

 

2017 Pinot Blanc – Double Gold in Six Nations Wine Challenge

We’re excited to announce our 2017 Pinot Blanc was awarded Double Gold in the 2018 Six Nations Wine Challenge! It was not only the highest rated Pinot Blanc, but also a top wine of its class.

Since 2003, Six Nations Wine Challenge invites prominent wine experts from each of the leading New World wine countries: USA, Canada, Chile, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. The experts nominate their top 100 wines to be included in the competition. At a week-long convention in Sydney Australia, the judges blind taste hundreds of nominated wines.

“Because the wines are all selected by each of the judges the standard of wine quality must surely be higher than any competition of this size in the world” – Bob Campbell, New Zealand Master of Wine

This score posted online at sixnationswine.com 

 

 

2016 Mount Richmond – 91 Points in Connoisseurs’ Guide

Our 2016 Mount Richmond Pinot Noir received 91 Points from Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine:

“The richest and most extracted of the three Elk Cove Pinots and a wine that delivers a full measure of concentrated, very insistent fruit, the winery’s Mount Richmond bottling is a weighty, well-structured offering that commends cellaring if it is to grow into its best. It admittedly impresses presently with its considerable depth, but it deserves to be set aside for several more years, and patience is certain to bring appreciable reward.”

This review posts in their November 2018 issue and at www.cgcw.com.

2016 Mount Richmond Pinot Noir – Gold in Six Nations Wine Challenge

We’re excited to announce our 2016 Mount Richmond Pinot Noir received a Gold medal in the 2018 Six Nations Wine Challenge!

Since 2003, Six Nations Wine Challenge invites prominent wine experts from each of the leading New World wine countries: USA, Canada, Chile, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. The experts nominate their top 100 wines to be included in the competition. At a week-long convention in Sydney Australia, the judges blind taste hundreds of nominated wines.

“Because the wines are all selected by each of the judges the standard of wine quality must surely be higher than any competition of this size in the world” – Bob Campbell, New Zealand Master of Wine

This score posted online at sixnationswine.com 

 

 

Harvest 2018

Welcome to the Harvest 2018 report! Each year we document the vintage with a photo gallery. Scroll down for notes on the progression of the most exciting season here in wine country.
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