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2010 Elk Cove Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, OR
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Popped and poured. Initial slight whiff of funk/sulfur that went away fairly quickly. Medium-red color, I think a little darker than the 2010 Penner Ash Shea I had last weekend. Strawberries on the nose with some brown sugar - a smell I may have never experienced with PN before. Light-ish mouthfeel. Tangy acidity with sour cherries, mixed berries, and some hints of citrus/orange peel notes. A bit of a short finish, but nicely balanced. Nothing approaching a "wow" wine but interesting, and on the elegant side. If you prefer the modern CA style than you may not like this. For me, 88-89 and a decent QPR. I'm really starting to like Pinots from Oregon.
 
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Except for the sulfur and funk, your note mirrors the bottle that I had last week. And I agree with your rating.
 
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Threadjack here- they make one of America's best Pinot Gris. (Is Pinot Gris the plural of Pinto Gris, just pronounced differently?)


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Board-O, when searching to make sure someone else didn't start a thread for this wine, I saw your comments about the Pinot Gris. Depending on price, if I see one I may give it a shot. Pinot Gris/Grigio is a grape that has never done anything for me, whether from Italy, US, Alsace, etc. I'm looking to find some more interesting whites I enjoy. Thanks for the input.
 
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The Italians butcher the grape. Look to Alsace for the best. For a very modest price, Kim Crawford makes a very good one.


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I'll add if you like late harvest style, Kracher and Robert sinskey make some fantastic pinot gris wines.

st innocent acutally makes an enjoyable pinot gris too


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As does Chehalem, but I like Elk Cove's the best from Oregon.


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