2006 Pinot Gris Willamette Valley

The 2006 Elk Cove Vineyards Pinot Gris starts out with sweet aromatic fruits of the tropics; pineapple, guava and a touch of honeysuckle, hinting of springtime freshness, while also giving crispness on the palate with citrus and grapefruit. Yet true to the Elk Cove Vineyards’ style, there is a rich 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 2006 certainly has everyone offering up grand descriptions! “Everything ripened beautifully.” “This is a rarity.” “A warm, fully ripe vintage.” Fruit set was ideal with a mild Spring. Months that followed were warm and dry, with short-lived heat spikes and a few intermittent cooling rains in the fall, advancing fruit ripeness. Feelings abound in the valley that the 2006 vintage seems to be a combination of the 1999’s depth and the ripeness of 2003 (the only vintage warmer than 2006), but with better flavors and natural balance. And white wines will shine! Many quoting 2006 as a stellar year with typical cool climate acidity to balance that richness.

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 6-21 years
  • Yield 3.2 tons/acre
  • Harvest Sugars 24 Brix
  • pH 3.35
  • Vatting Whole-cluster pressed and cold fermented in small stainless steel tanks.
  • Cases Produced 13,412

2006 Pinot Gris Willamette Valley

The 2006 Elk Cove Vineyards Pinot Gris starts out with sweet aromatic fruits of the tropics; pineapple, guava and a touch of honeysuckle, hinting of springtime freshness, while also giving crispness on the palate with citrus and grapefruit. Yet true to the Elk Cove Vineyards’ style, there is a rich 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

Vintage 2006 certainly has everyone offering up grand descriptions! “Everything ripened beautifully.” “This is a rarity.” “A warm, fully ripe vintage.” Fruit set was ideal with a mild Spring. Months that followed were warm and dry, with short-lived heat spikes and a few intermittent cooling rains in the fall, advancing fruit ripeness. Feelings abound in the valley that the 2006 vintage seems to be a combination of the 1999’s depth and the ripeness of 2003 (the only vintage warmer than 2006), but with better flavors and natural balance. And white wines will shine! Many quoting 2006 as a stellar year with typical cool climate acidity to balance that richness.

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 6-21 years
  • Yield 3.2 tons/acre
  • Harvest Sugars 24 Brix
  • pH 3.35
  • Vatting Whole-cluster pressed and cold fermented in small stainless steel tanks.
  • Cases Produced 13,412

Accolades

Wine & Spirits

92 Points “Vibrant pear fruit is at the heart of this elegant gris…”
Wine & Spirits (August 31, 2007)

Wine Enthusiast

“Ranked #60”
Wine Enthusiast (November 15, 2007)

Wine Enthusiast

91 Points Editor’s Choice. Buying Guide. “This is an elegant, refreshing style…”
Wine Enthusiast (November 15, 2007)

Wine & Spirits

“19th Annual Restaurant Poll Top Ten Most Popular Pinot Gris/Grigio”
Wine & Spirits (March 31, 2008)