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Elk Cove Vineyards 2016 Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, $19
The winemaking team of Adam Campbell and Heather Perkin combined to produce the top two Pinot Gris in the 2017 Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition, including the Elk Cove Vineyards 2016 Pinot Gris. Much of the hand-harvested clusters were taken from the Campbell family’s original planting, which they populated with Pinot Gris starting in 1985. It resulted in a bounty of citrus notes, showing off lemon, lime and tangerine aromas with a floral influence of sweet freesia. On the palate, a delightful balance of basil and mint complements the tangerine bitters and Meyer lemon juice flavors. The interest in Oregon Pinot Gris prompted the Campbells to increase production over the prior vintage by 10%. And starting this fall, every wine that carries the Elk Cove brand will be 100% estate.
Production: 16,841 cases