Elk Cove Pinot Gris 2009
2009 was a vintage of abundance. Ideal springtime weather led to a hot summer, which gave us a beautiful, uniform and potentially prolific crop. Warm temperatures at harvest time lulled some growers into picking late, at potentially high alcohols. The right decision, top winemakers agree, was to get the grapes in while they still had fresh flavors. As always, we showed our commitment to quality by thinning and green harvesting to achieve earlier ripening and better concentration of flavors. As winemaker, Adam Campbell, states “harvest went off without a hitch and we picked the grapes at a deliberate but frankly leisurely pace which allowed focusing on retained acidity.” So, vintage 2009 may be remembered as one of those rare combinations of excellent quality and quantity, with the wines showing flash.
External Reviews for Elk Cove Pinot Gris
This straightforward, fruity effort is bright, tart, and full of lemon and melon flavors, with a touch of spice for added interest.
Light and fragrant, with cantaloupe and pear aromas and flavors, lingering on the silky frame. Drink now.
Lively, with pineapple and summer squash aromas and flavors that are unusual but pleasant. Drink now.
Oregon's 2005 vintage was wet and cool, which led to some vivid, well-structured white wines like this lithe, supple Pinot Gris. Founded by Pat and Joe Campbell in 1974, Elk Cove currently farms 120 acres on three different sites. Son Adam Godlee Campbell is now the winemaker.
Easygoing, with tangerine and melon flavors, lingering nicely. Drink now.
Light and fragrant, this is juicy with pear, apple and lime flavors, hinting at almond flowers on the finish. Drink now through 2012.
WS 90pts. - #79 in Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2010 - Winemaker Notes - The 2009 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.
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