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Date Printed: 10/1/2014
Elk Cove Pinot Gris 2007
Elk Cove Pinot Gris 2007
(search item no. 94350)
green wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
The Wine News rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/1/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2012 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 85 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 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.

The Willamette Valley has a suitable climate for this delicate grape variety—enough sunlight and warmth for ripening and cooler night temperatures to retain varietal character. To preserve the freshness, it is whole-cluster pressed, and then fermented at very cool temperatures in small stainless steel tanks, which accentuates aromatics and enhances the richness and viscosity. 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.

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About Elk Cove Vineyard:

Elk Cove Vineyards is one of Oregon's oldest and most respected wine producers. Founded in 1974 by Pat and Joe Campbell, their focus has always been to produce handcrafted, estate-grown wines that can rival the best in the world. Estate vineyards now cover over 250 acres on five separate sites in the Northern Willamette Valley. Steep south-facing slopes of Willakenzie, Laurelwood and now Jory soil types provide excellent drainage, which are the perfect environment to grow world-class wine grapes. Winemaker Adam Godlee Campbell joined forces with his parents in 1995 and now directs the production of outstanding Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Pinot Blanc.

The name "Elk Cove" was derived from the Roosevelt Elk, which roamed nearby, and migrated into the valley each spring.