"The Willamette Valley has an ideal climate for Pinot Blanc, a delicate grape variety – enough sunlight and warmth for ripening, with cooler night temperatures that help retain varietal character. To preserve the freshness, Elk Cove Pinot Blanc is whole-cluster pressed then fermented at very cool temperatures in small stainless steel tanks, all of which accentuates aromatics and enhances the richness and viscosity of the wine. "This well-defined wine mixes fresh flavors of apple, Asian pear and a suggestion of honeydew melon. It fits nicely between the fleshy fruit of Pinot Gris and the broader palate of most Chardonnays. This is confined, crisp and focused, a good choice for appetizers and lighter entrées."