2004 Pinot Gris Willamette Valley
2004 vintage continues what has strangely become almost routine up in Oregon – a very warm growing season. Thus the 2004 Elk Cove Vineyards Pinot Gris once again shows continuity of varietal expression and Elk Cove’s interpretation of it. This wine shows beautiful white flowers, such as honeysuckle, hinting of springtime freshness while also giving traditional notes of citrus and grapefruit. 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 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 2.2 tons/acre
- Harvest Sugars 24.5 Brix
- pH 3.22
- Vatting Whole-cluster pressed and cold fermented in small stainless steel tanks.
- Cases Produced 10,800