2001 Pinot Gris Willamette Valley
The 2001 Pinot Gris is a wonderful example of a classic cool climate Pinot Gris. It shows pretty notes of apricot, tangerine and honey with a touch of lime and citrus on the nose. On the palate, showing true Elk Cove style, it gives richness, intense sweet fruit while finishing crisp and clean. All this makes for a superb food wine with pairings from Salmon and main-course salads to the spicier spectrum of Asian and Thai influenced dishes.
The fruit is hand-harvested from select hillside vineyards in the northern Willamette Valley. Our estate Pinot Gris is planted in a high-density format, which undergoes shoot and crop thinning for low yields.
The Willamette Valley has the perfect climate for this delicate cool weather white wine. We have enough sunlight and warmth for ripening, but our cool evenings help retain varietal character and prevent over-ripening. We whole-cluster press our pinot gris grapes, then ferment the juice at very cool temperatures in small stainless steel tanks. This gentle treatment protects the aromatic qualities and enhances the natural richness of the Pinot Gris grapes, creating our most popular white wine.
- Vine Age 5-20 years
- Yield 3 tons/acre
- Harvest Sugars 23.5 Brix
- pH 3.35
- Vatting Whole-cluster pressed and cold fermented in small stainless steel tanks.
- Cases Produced 8,000
Best Buy. Buying Guide. “Consistently one of Oregon’s top Pinot Gris producers, Elk Cove has a beauty here…”
– Wine Press Northwest (March 31, 2003)
91 Points Editor’s Choice. “Pinot Gris as it should be…”
– Wine Enthusiast (July 31, 2003)
90 Points Buying Guide. “… a brilliant, light, hay-colored wine with aromas of pineapple, apple and a mineral-like ‘wet sidewalk’ quality…”
– The Wine Report (June 30, 2003)