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Elk Cove 'Willamette Valley' Pinot Gris 2016

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

This has improved since last time I tried it. It is now quite fragrant with dusty notes and soft spice tones adding some complexity to the slightly baked apple fruit. Smells a bit quartzy/steely with a touch of spearmint and an insinuation of cheese rind. Nice round entry with a wave of sweet pear and light pineapple fruit supported by bright acids and tinted with just a hint of dried tropical fruits. The nice clean finish has a touch of minerality and lingering ripe fruit tones that show a hint more citrus character. A very flavorful and balanced example of Pinot Gris that seems as ideally suited for casually summer sipping as it does for enjoying at the table. I would like to serve this with a nice spinach salad with toasted nuts, Brie and cranberries or perhaps with some Halibut sautéed with capers and green olives or grilled shrimp wrapped in prosciutto! 90pts

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Elk Cove Vineyards:
Elk Cove Vineyards is one of Oregon's oldest and most respected wine producers. Founded in 1974, by Pat and Joe Campbell, our focus has always been to produce hand crafted, Estate grown wines that can rival the best in the world. Estate Vineyards Estate vineyards now cover over 180 acres on four separate sites in the Northern Willamette Valley. Steep south facing slopes, of Willak... Read more
Elk Cove Vineyards is one of Oregon's oldest and most respected wine producers. Founded in 1974, by Pat and Joe Campbell, our focus has always been to produce hand crafted, Estate grown wines that can rival the best in the world. Estate Vineyards Estate vineyards now cover over 180 acres on four separate sites in the Northern Willamette Valley. Steep south facing slopes, of Willakenzie and Laurelwood soil types with excellent drainage, provide the perfect environment to grow the world class wine grapes that are the basis for creating Elk Cove wines. Proper site selection and meticulous vine management along with harvesting at very low yields creates the concentration and depth of flavor that are hallmarks of Elk Cove wines. Family Owned and Operated Elk Cove Vineyards proudly remains a family owned and operated winery. Winemaker Adam Godlee Campbell joined forces with his parents in 1995 to produce outstanding Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. Growing up among the vines on the Elk Cove Estate has instilled a tremendous respect for the soil in which the grapes were grown, therefore his role as winemaker is one of stewardship over intervention. In the winery Adam employs gravity flow and gentle handling to protect the inherent qualities of the Estate grown fruit. We at Elk Cove hope you enjoy these wines as much as we all enjoyed the creative process in making them. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Elk Cove 'Willamette Valley' Pinot Gris

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 07/23/2009

This has improved since last time I tried it. It is now quite fragrant with dusty notes and soft spice tones adding some complexity to the slightly baked apple fruit. Smells a bit quartzy/steely with a touch of spearmint and an insinuation of cheese rind. Nice round entry with a wave of sweet pear and light pineapple fruit supported by bright acids and tinted with just a hint of dried tropical fruits. The nice clean finish has a touch of minerality and lingering ripe fruit tones that show a hint more citrus character. A very flavorful and balanced example of Pinot Gris that seems as ideally suited for casually summer sipping as it does for enjoying at the table. I would like to serve this with a nice spinach salad with toasted nuts, Brie and cranberries or perhaps with some Halibut sautéed with capers and green olives or grilled shrimp wrapped in prosciutto! 90pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
3.50 5
Vintage: 2007 03/30/2010

This is full or pressed flower notes, apple seeds, and pollen on the nose helping to frame the very crisp white fruit notes with a fine verdant freshness. On entry this is rich and round with pronounced acidity popping on the mid-palate. The flavors are somewhat low intensity with more of the apple seed and pollen tones found on the nose, and notes of dried fruit. The scale of this wine is modest, what is here is very nice but a little more flesh might not be a bad thing. A touch underwhelming today. 87pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
3.50 5
Vintage: 2007 05/28/2009

This is a rich Pinot Gris with tones of tropical fruit character. The nose offers up deep, sweet almost honied fruit tones and the palate is soft and rich with a hint of dried mango and papaya before turning more citrusy and bright on the long finish. Pretty big scaled but with wonderful balance. 88pts


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Snooth User: vin0vin0
3578087,028
3.50 5
Vintage: 2013 09/19/2014

This is a really tasty Pinot Gris from Willamette. Similar to a high end Napa Sauv Blanc with soft lemon pith, ripe green apple, a touch of white grapefruit, nice mouth feel, really nice acidity, and a fairly long finish.


Snooth User: PhotoFox
268296145
4.50 5
Vintage: 2011 05/12/2012

Juicy, ripe pear and sweet peach with a dry finish


Snooth User: Jim Curran
112759214
4.00 5
Vintage: 2011 04/19/2013

Sweet Citrus Crisp. Highly recommend.


Snooth User: Ron5953
634884297
3.50 5
Vintage: 2008 07/05/2011

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: jhiner1978
2873419
4.50 5
Vintage: 2007 05/28/2009

I had this wine last summer and loved it.. and that's coming from a guy that usually drinks red. Very tasty!

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Snooth User: spencerforeezy
171408118
4.50 5
Vintage: 2007 06/06/2009

I loved this wine from the get go. It's vibrant flavor was immediately apparent, and the finish was smooth and simple. Light fruity flavors without the sweet so none of the flavors were drowned out. This is now a permanent favorite.


Snooth User: Chris Carpita
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2007 04/27/2010

Bananas and tropical fruit are strong in the aroma, with fried plantains and plums. The mouth is very bright and fruity.


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External Reviews for Elk Cove 'Willamette Valley' Pinot Gris

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Vintage: 2014 11/14/2015

TASTING NOTES: Fresh apricot, comice pear and ginger generously introduce a full palate of luscious white peach, honeydew melon and muted ginger. Expressive and weighty in texture. The finish is heightened with crisp acidity and a slight grip while a delicate floral note adds complexity. VINTAGE: 2014 in Oregon may be remembered as the vintage of a lifetime, one of those rare vintages, reminiscent of 1988 and 2002, when you have high quality and high quantity simultaneously. The tone for the season was set at bud break, which averaged two weeks early, a lead that held on through harvest. Growing conditions were mostly dry and warmer than normal resulting in a large number of small clusters that ripened evenly, giving us wines that are fruit focused, quite concentrated and amazingly fresh. This year’s warmer than average days and moderately cool nights created the ideal conditions that led to a faster rate of ripening due to less stress on the vines. Winemaker Adam Campbell notes “the amazing summer weather led to the lowest disease pressure I have ever seen, creating a harvest that was the stuff dreams are made of – little rain with gorgeous fruit coming in at an easy tempo for a relaxed and delightful crush”. As fruit came in with incredible evenness and extraordinary concentration, 2014 will likely be a show stopping vintage. We remain true to our goals as wine growers – looking to capture the beautiful, complex flavors that are the signature of Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and other cool-climate varietals. VINEYARD: Our Pinot Gris is hand-harvested from select hillside vineyards in the northern Willamete Valley. Pinot Gris has long been a focus at Elk Cove - our Estate Vineyard boasts some of the oldest Pinot Gris vines in Oregon, dating back to 1985. Three of our other estate vineyard sites are also planted with Pinot Gris, including 50 acres on steep sloped Mount Richmond Vineyard in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA. Planted in a high-density format, all our Pinot Gris undergoes shoot and crop thinning for low yields to maximize quality and concentration. 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. pH: 3.16 TA: 6.6 Alc: 13 % v/v


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Vintage: 2014 11/28/2017

TASTING NOTES: Fresh apricot, comice pear and ginger generously introduce a full palate of luscious white peach, honeydew melon and muted ginger. Expressive and weighty in texture. The finish is heightened with crisp acidity and a slight grip while a delicate floral note adds complexity. VINTAGE: 2014 in Oregon may be remembered as the vintage of a lifetime, one of those rare vintages, reminiscent of 1988 and 2002, when you have high quality and high quantity simultaneously. The tone for the season was set at bud break, which averaged two weeks early, a lead that held on through harvest. Growing conditions were mostly dry and warmer than normal resulting in a large number of small clusters that ripened evenly, giving us wines that are fruit focused, quite concentrated and amazingly fresh. This year’s warmer than average days and moderately cool nights created the ideal conditions that led to a faster rate of ripening due to less stress on the vines. Winemaker Adam Campbell notes “the amazing summer weather led to the lowest disease pressure I have ever seen, creating a harvest that was the stuff dreams are made of – little rain with gorgeous fruit coming in at an easy tempo for a relaxed and delightful crush”. As fruit came in with incredible evenness and extraordinary concentration, 2014 will likely be a show stopping vintage. We remain true to our goals as wine growers – looking to capture the beautiful, complex flavors that are the signature of Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and other cool-climate varietals. VINEYARD: Our Pinot Gris is hand-harvested from select hillside vineyards in the northern Willamete Valley. Pinot Gris has long been a focus at Elk Cove - our Estate Vineyard boasts some of the oldest Pinot Gris vines in Oregon, dating back to 1985. Three of our other estate vineyard sites are also planted with Pinot Gris, including 50 acres on steep sloped Mount Richmond Vineyard in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA. Planted in a high-density format, all our Pinot Gris undergoes shoot and crop thinning for low yields to maximize quality and concentration. 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. pH: 3.16 TA: 6.6 Alc: 13 % v/v ** Only 2 in Stock **


External Review
Vintage: 2014 06/23/2017

TASTING NOTES: Fresh apricot, comice pear and ginger generously introduce a full palate of luscious white peach, honeydew melon and muted ginger. Expressive and weighty in texture. The finish is heightened with crisp acidity and a slight grip while a delicate floral note adds complexity. VINTAGE: 2014 in Oregon may be remembered as the vintage of a lifetime, one of those rare vintages, reminiscent of 1988 and 2002, when you have high quality and high quantity simultaneously. The tone for the season was set at bud break, which averaged two weeks early, a lead that held on through harvest. Growing conditions were mostly dry and warmer than normal resulting in a large number of small clusters that ripened evenly, giving us wines that are fruit focused, quite concentrated and amazingly fresh. This year’s warmer than average days and moderately cool nights created the ideal conditions that led to a faster rate of ripening due to less stress on the vines. Winemaker Adam Campbell notes “the amazing summer weather led to the lowest disease pressure I have ever seen, creating a harvest that was the stuff dreams are made of – little rain with gorgeous fruit coming in at an easy tempo for a relaxed and delightful crush”. As fruit came in with incredible evenness and extraordinary concentration, 2014 will likely be a show stopping vintage. We remain true to our goals as wine growers – looking to capture the beautiful, complex flavors that are the signature of Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and other cool-climate varietals. VINEYARD: Our Pinot Gris is hand-harvested from select hillside vineyards in the northern Willamete Valley. Pinot Gris has long been a focus at Elk Cove - our Estate Vineyard boasts some of the oldest Pinot Gris vines in Oregon, dating back to 1985. Three of our other estate vineyard sites are also planted with Pinot Gris, including 50 acres on steep sloped Mount Richmond Vineyard in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA. Planted in a high-density format, all our Pinot Gris undergoes shoot and crop thinning for low yields to maximize quality and concentration. 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. pH: 3.16 TA: 6.6 Alc: 13 % v/v ** Only 12 in Stock **


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Vintage: 2013 07/24/2014

Tangerine and pineapple on the nose, this wine gives a punch of fresh peach, ripe pear and a hint of anise on the palate. With a mouth-coating viscocity and a lush lingering finish, this is a serious white wine. - WinerypH: 3.12TA: 7.95Alc: 13 % v/v


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Vintage: 2012 01/23/2014

Light and sleek, offering a satiny texture to the pear and floral flavors, which linger deftly and intently. Drink now. 15,500 cases made. -HS I was surprised - perhaps simply due to the ubiquity of this grape in Oregon and my personal predilection for Pinot Blanc - to find that Elk Cove's 2012 Pinot Gris surpassed its Blanc counterpart in nuance as well as richness and finish. Here too, though, we have an exhibition of generous vintage virtues, with a fortunate absence of green apple acid such as handicapped so many 2010 and 2011 renditions of this cepage. Peachy fruit wreathed in smoke and honeysuckle billow across a lush, schmaltzy palate, while hints of orange rind, sage and brown spices lend invigoration and a lick of salty saliva-inducement to a lusciously lingering finish. This fantastic value should be relished at least through 2014. By employing a yeast strain cultured by Ste. Michelle, Elk Grove gets their Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc to ferment fo...


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Vintage: 2012 10/28/2013

Mouthwatering and brisk, this succulent gris has the scent of apple blossoms, its flavors giving the impression of a slice of crisp apple spritzed with lemon. A summer refresher, or a good pairing with petrale sole.


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Vintage: 2012 10/04/2012

A fruit powered wine that leads with fresh pear, melon and tropical flavors. This Pinot Gris has low acids, with a hint of vanilla and coconut on the finish.


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