Elk Cove, Pinot Blanc "Estate"

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Elk Cove, Pinot Blanc "Estate"

Willamette Valley Wonder!
"Focused, fresh and immaculate..." Wine Enthusiast

Sushi? Scallops?

Grilled halibut?

Arugula salad?

Pesto?

The list is endless for this stunning Pinot Blanc, a white grape brought over from Alsace, France, that is thriving in the Willamette Valley of Oregon.

And, it makes sense.

Oregon's Willamette Valley is home to some of the finest Pinot Noir in the world. But, did you know that Pinot Blanc is nearly 100% genetically identical to Pinot Noir except it is missing pigment in the two outer layers of its skin? That little variation makes a huge difference in taste, structure and color.

"This sophisticated effort is highlighted by bright, polished fruit flavors of apple, melon and white peach. It's long and focused, fresh and immaculate, with no apparent new oak." Wine Enthusiast

Why do we love this wine so much?

Incredibly versatile, the 2017 Elk Cove "Estate" has the weight of a Chardonnay, the zesty crispness of a Sancerre, and the classic minerality and depth for which Pinot Blanc is known.

Green apple, lemon zest, and faint traces of tangerine and honeysuckle jump from the glass. The wine fills the palate with great weight and texture, all of which are harnessed by chalk and minerality typically only found in the finest Alsatian whites.

A real find...

Terrific!

$19.95 per bottle / $239.40 per case

Summary


#5 WINE ENTHUSIAST TOP 100 OF 2018

WINE ENTHUSIAST

92 / 100

"EDITOR'S CHOICE"

"This sophisticated effort is highlighted by bright, polished fruit flavors of apple, melon and white peach. It's long and focused, fresh and immaculate, with no apparent new oak."

WINE & SPIRITS

92 / 100

"A brisk pinot blanc, this leads with tart lemon notes and a pronounced whiff of minerals, as if chalk dust were rising from the glass. There's marvelous tension between the wine's green apple crispness and rounded texture, reined in by fine acidity. Exciting stuff for something on the green side, like scallops with arugula pesto."


Product Details


Producer: Elk Cove

Country: United States

Region: Oregon

Sub Region: Willamette Valley

Varietal: Pinot Blanc

Vintage: 2017

Size: 750ml

Code: W6846