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Elk Cove Vineyards

Owner(s) Campbell Family
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Elk Cove Vineyards

Elk Cove Vineyards was founded in 1974 by Pat and Joe Campbell, making it one of Oregon's oldest wine producers. There were only about 200 acres of grapes planted at that time in Oregon. The estate vineyard was planted in a protected valley where the namesake Roosevelt elk migrate each spring. It was a family affair from the beginning with four children being the parents' first labor force. The first vintage was 1977. Joe made wine for the first twenty years, the two worked together on the 1995 and 1996 vintages and then son Adam took over in 1997.

The winery's focus is on the Pinot "trilogy": Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc with a few lesser-known wines such as Muscat Ottonel and Riesling. Elk Cove Vineyards has produced single-vineyard Pinot Noir since 1979. Currently the single-vineyard lineup includes Windhill, La Boheme, Roosevelt, Mt. Richmond, and Five Mountain. A total of 230 acres are farmed.

The wines enjoy good retail distribution. The limited release wines are sold out quickly through loyal customers and on the website. 503-985-7760. This is a trusted source for consistently fine Oregon wines. The comfortable tasting room has panoramic views of the Willamette Valley and is open daily 10:00 to 5:00.

Reviewed Wines

2010 Elk Cove Vineyards Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

12.5% alc., pH 3.55, 7,227 cases, $29. A blend from several vineyards including Pommard and Dijon clones. Vine age 9 to 37 years, yield 1.6 tons per acre. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Aromas of fresh, dark red cherries, raspberries and strawberries leap from the glass. The rich flavors echo the nose, with a well-balanced backbone of acidity and tannin, and a strong, firm finish. A showy wine with surprising richness for this vintage and the low alcohol level. One of Oregon’s consistently solid value-priced Pinot Noirs. Produced in quantity and widely available. Good (+). Reviewed November 24, 2012 ARTICLE »

2010 Elk Cove Vineyards Clay Court Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., pH 3.60, 352 cases, $48. This vineyard is located in the Parrot Mountain area of the Chehalem Mountains AVA. Acquired by Elk Cove Vineyards in 2009, this 15-acre vineyard was planted in 2001 to Dijon 115, 777 and Pommard. The soils are dark red Jory in type. Yield 1.75 tons per acre. · Light reddish-purple color in the glass. Uplifted aromas of dark red cherries, spice and sandalwood. Well-spiced mid-weight cherry essence with nicely integrated acidity and gossamer tannins. A wine of style and grace with plenty of cherry talking. Much better later in the day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Very good. Reviewed November 24, 2012 ARTICLE »

2010 Elk Cove Vineyards La Bohème Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., pH 3.67, 353 cases, $48. This vineyard was planted in 1985 and is now a 17-acre high density site composed of vines selected from the original Estate Pommard planting. This vineyard rises to 800 feet, high above the Elk Cove property, making it one of the highest elevation sites in the Willamette Valley. Yield 1.55 tons per acre. · Light reddish-purple hue in the glass. Demure fruit aromas of strawberry and cherry with seasoned oak in the background. Oakkissed dark red berry and cherry fruits with good intensity, creating an impression on the mid palate and persisting with moderate richness on the finish. A note of red licorice is evident. A sophisticated offering of considerable appeal. Very good. Reviewed November 24, 2012 ARTICLE »

2010 Elk Cove Vineyards Mount Richmond Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., $48. Vineyard was planted in 1996 with cuttings from Roosevelt Vineyard. Willakenzie soils. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Great nose! Lovely aromas of black cherry fill the glass like fresh cherries just off the tree. Aromas of spice and candied cinnamon apple add interest. A cherry bombast on the palate that is flat out delicious. A sensational wine that is moderately rich but strikingly flavorful and composed in a seamless fashion with modest fine-grain tannins and complimentary oak in the background. Plenty of Pinot singing in this great wine. Reviewed June 4, 2013 ARTICLE »

2008 Elk Cove Mount Richmond Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., pH 3.68, 894 cases, $48. From a vineyard planted in high density format in 1996 with old Pommard cuttings from Roosevelt Vineyard. Clones 115 and 777 add to the mix. · Dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Aromas of dark plums and tea with oak. Full-bodied hedonistic fruit buried in oak and tannin at present. Just doesn’t offer a load of pleasure now and needs time in the cellar to integrate the oak and tannin. Good. Reviewed August 9, 2010 ARTICLE »

2007 Elk Cove Vineyards Willamette Valley Pinot Gris

13.0% alc., 18,420 cases, $19. From vines that are 7-22 years of age cropped at 3.2 tons per acre (shoot and crop thinned for low yields). Whole cluster pressed and fermented at very cool temperatures in small stainless steel tanks. · Complex aromatic profile of pears, biscuit, honey and wax. Bright pear and apple fruits with a creamy richness, lively yet well-integrated acidity and a persistent finish. This is the one to try if you want to experience what Oregon Pinot gris is all about. Reviewed March 26, 2009 ARTICLE »

2007 Elk Cove Vineyards Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., 19,750 cases, $21. Family owned and managed winery with 600 acres on four vineyard sites. The focus is the Pinot Trilogy: Noir, Gris and Blanc. This wine is composed of Pommard and Dijon clones. · Complex aromatic profile featuring dark berry fruits, aged wood, fresh-mown grass and a hint of chocolate. The flavors echo the aromas with some added earthiness and woodsy fungi notes. Unusually hearty richness and color for a 2007 vintage Oregon Pinot Noir. Barely noticeable tannins and a dry finish. Well-crafted and easy to drink. Reviewed March 26, 2009 ARTICLE »

2006 Elk Cove Vineyards Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., $23. · Confected cherry and brown sugar aromas lead to a cherry-driven core with a little root beer and oak adding interest. Soft in texture with a pleasing fullness in the mouth and a short, but pleasing finish. An excellent back porch wine for daily drinking. Reviewed September 15, 2008 ARTICLE »

2004 Elk Cove Vineyards Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., $19. One of Oregon's oldest and most distinguished producers. It is a family owned and operated winery with Adam Godlee Campbell as the winemaker. · Nice wine for what it is. A toasty oak and fruit scented nose leads to luscious cherry and raspberry flavors kissed by oak. The mouth feel is viscous and the whole package is nicely balanced. You would be hard pressed to find a better under-$20 Pinot Noir. Reviewed September 5, 2006