Tonight I am revisiting a favorite from last year, the Elk Cove Pinot Gris, but this time the new vintage, 2006.
Elk Cove Vineyards was founded in 1974 by Pat and Joe Campbell, and to this day it remains family owned and operated. In 1995 Adam Godlee Campbell joined the team as the winemaker. All the fruit is estate grown, the estate being 350 acres, 120 of the dedicated to vineyards.
They use gravity flow and gentle handling to intervene to a minimum, to let the grape express itself in the wine.
The 2006 Willamette Valley Pinot Gris was whole cluster pressed, cold fermented in stainless steel tanks, and did not go through malolactic fermentation.
It has a clear, very pale, straw color, with perhaps a hint of green, in the glass. On the nose white, sweet floral with citrus and a touch of tropical fruit. The first impression on the palate is that of medium viscosity and sweet, soft creaminess. As that subsides fresh citrus with great acidity kicks through and gives this wine a great refreshing feel at the finish.
This vintage is a little more full bodied than the 2005, and has more flavor with higher viscosity and sweetness.
What makes this wine so good though, is that the great acidity balances the round richness beautifully.
This is a wine I'll make sure to stock up on for summer get togethers. You can find it at Wine-Searcher.com and WineZap.com from $14.99.
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