2003 Pinot Gris Willamette Valley

The 2003 Elk Cove Vineyards Pinot Gris continues in what has become a superb reputation in New World Pinot Gris! This wine shows traditional notes of citrus, grapefruit and leanness coming from the wine’s minerality. Yet true to the Elk Cove Vineyards’ style, there is richness in the mouthfeel to give a full and satisfying balanced finish. Drink this lovely white wine as an aperitif or with a variety of food 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 grape variety—enough sunlight and warmth for ripening and cooler night temperatures to retain varietal character. To preserve the freshness, it is whole-cluster pressed, then fermented at very cool temperatures, which accentuates aromatics and enhances the richness and viscosity.

  • Vine Age 5-20 years
  • Yield 3 tons/acre
  • Harvest Sugars 24.5 Brix
  • pH 3.22
  • Vatting Whole-cluster pressed and cold fermented in small stainless steel tanks.
  • Cases Produced 10,000

2003 Pinot Gris Willamette Valley

The 2003 Elk Cove Vineyards Pinot Gris continues in what has become a superb reputation in New World Pinot Gris! This wine shows traditional notes of citrus, grapefruit and leanness coming from the wine’s minerality. Yet true to the Elk Cove Vineyards’ style, there is richness in the mouthfeel to give a full and satisfying balanced finish. Drink this lovely white wine as an aperitif or with a variety of food 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 grape variety—enough sunlight and warmth for ripening and cooler night temperatures to retain varietal character. To preserve the freshness, it is whole-cluster pressed, then fermented at very cool temperatures, which accentuates aromatics and enhances the richness and viscosity.

Viticultural & Enological Data
  • Vine Age 5-20 years
  • Yield 3 tons/acre
  • Harvest Sugars 24.5 Brix
  • pH 3.22
  • Vatting Whole-cluster pressed and cold fermented in small stainless steel tanks.
  • Cases Produced 10,000

Accolades

Wine & Spirits

89 Points “One note, but the note is pure and honest…”
Wine & Spirits (July 31, 2004)

Decanter

Top Ten. “America’s New Favourite White.”
Decanter (December 31, 2004)