Elk Cove Wine Tasting

Adam Godlee Campbell, the head winemaker for Elk Cove Vineyards in Oregon, was kind enough to host a tasting at Martin Wine Cellar while he was in town a couple of weeks ago. He gave a great talk, answered some questions, and led us through some delicious wines his vineyard makes.

On the list for the evening (notes are a combination of mine and Brother O’Mara’s):


2007 Pinot Gris (retail $16.99): Rich yet acidic with a surprisingly thick mouthfeel. Notes of peach, melon, and pineapple, with a luscious, sweet finish.


2006 Riesling Estate Willamette Valley (retail $16.99): Rich and fruity nose, with a hint of that petrol/lighter fluid aroma you get with Rieslings sometimes. Big, with a good balance between fruit (pear and apple) and acidity, with a long, superfruity finish.


2007 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley (retail $24.99): Very earthy for a Pinot, with notes of chocolate, smoke, and dark fruits. Plum and cherry, with a savory note as well. Good tannic finish.


2007 Pinot Noir Mount Richmond (retail $38.99): Dark, dusty nose. Jammy; dark and thick on the tongue, strong leather/smoke notes.


2006 Pinot Noir Windhill (retail $39.99): My favorite of the evening. Fruitier than the Richmond and Willamette, sweet and toasty, with cherry and a little strawberry, as well as a dry woody/brambly note.


2006 Pinot Noir Roosevelt (retail $63.00): Huge and rich, almost unbelievably so for a Pinot Noir. Chocolate and coffee, gigantic lingering finish.


2002 Pinot Noir Roosevelt (vineyard exclusive, no retail availability): Slightly cloudier than the ’06, nose of oil, leather, and dried fruit. Thinner mouthfeel but bursting with flavor. Mouthwatering and incredibly full, with a tannic finish.

And for dessert:


2006 Riesling Ultima 375 mL (retail $29.99): 60% Riesling, 32% Gewurtztraminer, 8% Muscat. Unctuous, thick, and rich. Delightfully fruity and sweet, but balanced by citrus and a crisp acidity.

Martin provided us with two cheeses to aid our palettes, as well: Cypress Grove Humboldt Fog, an American goat cheese, and Delice de Bourgogne, a French cow’s milk triple creme (which happens to be Brother O’Mara’s favorite cheese–score!).


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