2002 Pinot Gris Willamette Valley

The 2002 Pinot Gris is Elk Cove’s first release of the anticipated 2002 vintage! It shows beautiful perfumed notes of citrus, grapefruit and a touch of minerality on the nose. A rich opulence of soft white peaches lingers on the palate and then finishes with a distinct raciness. All this makes for a superb food wine with a variety of pairings from Salmon and main-course salads to 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 24 Brix
  • pH 3.3
  • Vatting Whole-cluster pressed and cold fermented in small stainless steel tanks.
  • Cases Produced 9,000

2002 Pinot Gris Willamette Valley

The 2002 Pinot Gris is Elk Cove’s first release of the anticipated 2002 vintage! It shows beautiful perfumed notes of citrus, grapefruit and a touch of minerality on the nose. A rich opulence of soft white peaches lingers on the palate and then finishes with a distinct raciness. All this makes for a superb food wine with a variety of pairings from Salmon and main-course salads to Asian and Thai influenced dishes.

Vintage
Vineyard

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.

Winemaking

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.

Viticultural & Enological Data
  • Vine Age 5-20 years
  • Yield 3 tons/acre
  • Harvest Sugars 24 Brix
  • pH 3.3
  • Vatting Whole-cluster pressed and cold fermented in small stainless steel tanks.
  • Cases Produced 9,000

Accolades

Wine Enthusiast

91 Points “This is a lovely, balanced complex wine…”
Wine Enthusiast (October 31, 2003)

Wine Enthusiast

“Ranked #39 Best Buy Wine for 2003.”
Wine Enthusiast (October 31, 2003)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

89 Points “One of the finest Oregon Pinot Gris I have ever tasted is Elk Cove’s 2002…”
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate (July 31, 2003)