2006 Riesling Estate

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.

Our Riesling Estate is made from hand-picked fruit from three of our estate vineyards:  Elk Cove Estate, Five Mountain and Windhill.  Our Riesling vines are some of the oldest in Oregon, with our Estate and Windhill vines dating from 1975.  These older vines give us fruit with a delightful complexity not often seen in domestic Rieslings.

We have the perfect climate for this delicate cool weather white wine – there’s enough sunlight and warmth for ripening, but our cool evenings help us retain the delicate varietal character. We whole-cluster press our Riesling grapes, then ferment the juice at very cool temperatures in small stainless steel tanks, producing an aromatic, crisp Riesling with a beautiful acid profile.

  • Vine Age 31 years
  • Yield 2 tons/acre
  • Harvest Sugars 23.1 Brix
  • pH 3.24
  • Vatting Whole-cluster pressed and cold fermented in small stainless steel tanks.
  • Cases Produced 1,040

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

Our Riesling Estate is made from hand-picked fruit from three of our estate vineyards:  Elk Cove Estate, Five Mountain and Windhill.  Our Riesling vines are some of the oldest in Oregon, with our Estate and Windhill vines dating from 1975.  These older vines give us fruit with a delightful complexity not often seen in domestic Rieslings.

Winemaking

We have the perfect climate for this delicate cool weather white wine – there’s enough sunlight and warmth for ripening, but our cool evenings help us retain the delicate varietal character. We whole-cluster press our Riesling grapes, then ferment the juice at very cool temperatures in small stainless steel tanks, producing an aromatic, crisp Riesling with a beautiful acid profile.

Viticultural & Enological Data
  • Vine Age 31 years
  • Yield 2 tons/acre
  • Harvest Sugars 23.1 Brix
  • pH 3.24
  • Vatting Whole-cluster pressed and cold fermented in small stainless steel tanks.
  • Cases Produced 1,040

Accolades

Wine Enthusiast

91 Points “A fine effort from Elk Cove…”
Wine Enthusiast (November 15, 2007)

Northwest Palate

“…This Riesling is all about depth, power, force, and flavor—the very definition of great Riesling.”
Northwest Palate (November 1, 2007)