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2022 Pinot Gris Reserve


From the Elk Cove cellar, a reimagined, reserve-level Pinot Gris that is full and rich with great intensity of fruit.

Intense aromas of baked apple tart and orange blossom are complemented by subtle sweet cream and ginger spice, while the palate presents juicy and rounded flavors of nectarine and lemon curd leading into orange marmalade and vanilla bean on the finish.


In VINTAGE 2022 Mother Nature kept us on our toes with unusual weather at each end of the growing season. A wet, cold spring led into a long, temperate summer followed by a very sunny fall that brought us much-needed ripening.

What a surprise to have snowfall on April 11th, our region’s latest significant snow since 1942! Most of our vines had not yet leafed out and their tight woolly buds were well-protected. However, frost damage did mean a smaller crop at our Clay Court Vineyard. Other vineyard sites set a healthy crop, which we thinned heavily to increase intensity and encourage ripening. August and September were unseasonably warm, but the nights remained cool, helping us retain varietal character. Worries of late-season botrytis (rot) meant extra passes of hand-work in the vineyard pulling leaves to improve sunlight penetration and airflow. Thankfully, October welcomed a long string of sunny days and just exactly the hang-time and ripening we needed to bring grape sugar (brix) to ideal levels.

Harvest began in late September, with most fruit harvested during two very intense mid-October weeks. Many of our blocks achieved peak ripeness at the same time, so we are very thankful for our incredible crew for all of the early morning picking sessions in the vineyard and long days in the cellar. Expect complex, fruit-forward wines from this vintage.


Our Reserve Pinot Gris represents the best of our hand-harvested fruit from our Five Mountain Vineyard, where we have old-vine Pinot Gris dating back to 1978! Pinot Gris has long been a focus at Elk Cove and together with other Oregon wineries, we helped put Oregon Pinot Gris on the map. We love its stone-fruit flavors, fresh aromatics and it’s flexibility in complementing a wide variety of foods. Planted in a high-density format, all our Pinot Gris undergoes shoot and crop thinning for low yields to maximize quality and concentration.


Our family has grown Oregon’s most popular white varietal since 1985. We’re finally honoring our commitment to this cool-climate varietal with a reserve-level wine. Fermentation in concrete eggs brings out stone-fruit character while oak puncheons 2x the size of regular barrels add richness and spice. This is a winery exclusive first offered to our club members.

Viticultural & Enological Data

  • Vine Age 10 years old
  • Harvest Sugars 23 Brix
  • Vatting Whole-cluster pressed and cold fermented in a combination of concrete eggs and oak puncheons
  • Cases Produced 200 cases