2008 Pinot Gris Willamette Valley
The 2008 Elk Cove Vineyards Pinot Gris starts out with sweet and unctuous aromatics while showing crispness on the palate with citrus and grapefruit. True to Elk Cove Vineyards’ style, a rich mouthfeel leads to 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.
There is a quiet kind of excitement in the Willamette Valley after harvest 2008. Phrases and clichés keep rolling on such as classic cool climate, vintage conditions that are only dreamt of, potential to show the best of what Oregon has to offer. Add to this, repeated references to perhaps one of Oregon’s best vintages, 1999 and understandably many in the valley are smiling. Oregon’s 2008 growing season started late, with bud break on average ten days to two weeks behind schedule and followed with a relatively cool growing season. Thoughts of the recent wet and cool harvest of 2007 had many aggressively thin vineyards to concentrate fruit and speed up ripening and ward off disease pressure. Yet as in 1999, a beautiful Oregon autumn saved the day! Fall was spectacular with sunny days and cold nights laying the foundation to produce extraordinary wines.
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 8-23 years
- Yield 3.2 tons/acre
- Harvest Sugars 22 Brix
- pH 3.2
- Vatting Whole-cluster pressed and cold fermented in small stainless steel tanks.
- Cases Produced 14,140
“Easygoing, with tangerine and melon flavors, lingering nicely…”
– Wine Spectator (December 15, 2009)
88 Points “This straightforward, fruit effort is bright, tart, and full of lemon and melon flavors, with a touch of spice for added interest.”
– Wine Enthusiast (December 1, 2009)
“Elk Cove Pinot Gris places in the Top 5 in the 21st Annual Restaurant poll!”
– Wine & Spirits (April 15, 2010)
“……zippy but elegant pink grapefruit and peach get a kick of lemon zest at the end.”
– Sunset Magazine (March 1, 2010)
Pinot Gris of the Year!
– Food & Wine (October 1, 2010)