Elk Cove Willamette Valley 2014 Pinot Gris and 2012 Pinot Noir

12-May-2015
Established by Pat and Joe Campbell in 1974, Elk Cove is one of the pioneering winegrowers of Oregon. The Campbells named their Willamette Valley vineyard after a herd of 40 Roosevelt elk that were on the property. Their son Adam Campbell now oversees the winemaking and the 140 ha of vines planted over 5 vineyards. Pinot Noir is the prime focus, followed by Pinot Gris, reflecting the strongest varietals of the district and state. Pinot Blanc and Riesling varietals are also made, with rosé, sparkling, late harvest and fully sweet wines completing the portfolio. As well as the varietal tier, there are single vineyard and ‘Reserve’ bottlings. Elk Cove remains one of the most respected vineyards in the Willamette Valley. www.elkcove.com Here, I review the 2014 Pinot Gris, from a high yield but high quality vintage, and the 2012 Pinot Noir from what is regarded one of the best vintages in 50 years. The wines are available through Tohu Wines, Email: beverages@kono.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Elk Cove Willamette Valley Pinot Gris 2014
  • Elk Cove Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2012

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