Wine review: Elk Cove 2011 Pinot Gris Willamette Valley (Oregon)

Elk Cove 2011 Pinot GrisThe 2011 Pinot Gris from Oregon’s Willamette Valley are quite spectacular. Loaded with mega tart acidity, peaches and grapefruit, you can be assured that any bottle of 2011 Oregon Pinot Gris you grab from the shelves will be worthy of passing your lips.

But if you can find this one, you’re golden. The Elk Cove 2011 Pinot Gris has refreshingly crisp acids, resulting from the cooler climate experienced throughout the state during that vintage year. Fragrant citrus fruit on the nose leads into a light-bodied white with flavors of pink grapefruit (but smoother than a New Zealand Sauv Blanc), lime zest and green apples. This grog is sassy and simply stunning to drink on a warm day.

Elk Cove Website

Sweetness: 1 out of 10
Price: $16 – $22
Occasion: Tasted at the Wine Blogger’s Conference
Availability: High end retailers and on the Elk Cove website
Food pairing: Grilled salmon, Pesto and Smoked Salmon Pasta, Edamame Salad


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