Accolades

2013 Burgonet Pinot Noir

Double Gold Medal — July 2015, Pinot Summit
First Place “Blind Tasting Finals” — July 2015, Pinot Summit
Silver Medal — September 2015, Sonoma County Harvest Fair

2013 Queste Pinot Noir

Double Gold — September 2015, Sonoma County Harvest Fair

2013 Three Plumes Pinot Noir

Double Gold — September 2014, Sonoma County Harvest Fair

2012 Burgonet Pinot Noir

94 points Editor’s Choice — March 2015, Wine Enthusiast
91 points — November 2014, PinotFile
Gold Medal — February 2015, SF Chronicle Wine Competition
Gold Medal — September 2014, Sonoma County Harvest Fair

2012 Queste Pinot Noir

Gold Medal — February 2015, SF Chronicle Wine Competition
Gold Medal — September 2014, Sonoma County Harvest Fair

2012 Three Plumes Pinot Noir

Gold Medal — March 2014, Pinot Summit
Silver Medal — February 2014, SF Chronicle Wine Competition

2011 Burgonet Pinot Noir

Gold Medal — March 2014, Pinot Summit
Silver Medal — February 2013, SF Chronicle Wine Competition
Silver Medal — September 2013, Sonoma County Harvest Fair

2011 Queste Pinot Noir

Double Gold Medal — September 2013, Sonoma County Harvest Fair
Gold Medal — March 2013, Pinot Summit

2011 Three Roses Chardonnay

Silver Medal Winner— September 2013, Sonoma County Harvest Fair
Silver Medal Winner — February 2013, SF Chronicle Wine Competition

2010 Burgonet Pinot Noir

Silver Medal Winner — September 2013, Sonoma County Harvest Fair
Gold Medal Winner — February 2013, SF Chronicle Wine Competition

2009 Queste & Burgonet Pinot Noirs

93 Points – Queste
“This is so seductive in rich, polished raspberry and cherry flavors, you can hardly keep from drinking it now. But the acid and tannin balance on this Pinot Noir is just about perfect, giving it the potential for at least six years in a good cellar. There’s an earthy, mushroomy complexity that could make it really interesting down the road.”

91 Points – Burgonet
“Right up there with the rich ’08, Elliott’s 2009 offers plenty of serious tasting pleasure. It’s rich and ripe in raspberries and cherries, with complex notes of mushrooms, cola, herbs and spices. Dry and silky, it’s a classy Pinot Noir for drinking over the next several years.”

— October 2012, Wine Enthusiast

89 Points – Queste
“A slightly riper nose features notes of raspberry liqueur, plum and hints of mocha. The round, lush and supple flavors possess an attractive mouth feel as there is plenty of buffering dry extract, all wrapped in a balanced, dusty, palate coating and lingering finish.”

90 Points – Burgonet
“A pretty and refined nose of both red and blue pinot fruit trimmed in delicate spice notes gives way to nicely rich, round and vibrant medium-bodied flavors that possess good verve and fine finishing detail. There is a dusty character to the balanced finish and overall, I like both the delivery and the complexity.”

— 4th Quarter 2012, Allen Meadow’s Burghound

91 Points – Queste
“Medium ruby color; tight, deep, complex cherry and spice aromas with some earthy notes; deep, tart cherry fruit with some earthy notes; some tannin and toasty oak; good structure and balance; long finish. Well proportioned Pinot that has solid fruit and structure.”

93 Points – Burgonet
“Medium-deep ruby color; tight, delicate aromas of red cherry, lavender and herbs; rich, deep, complex red cherry flavors with earthy, herbal and lavender notes; some tannin and sweet oak; silky texture; good structure and balance; long finish. Deep, layered Pinot with a lot to like.”

— October 2012, Gregory Walter’s Pinot Report

Silver Medal Winner – Queste
Silver Medal Winner – Burgonet

— September 2012, Sonoma County Harvest Fair

One Puff – Burgonet
“Varied notes of candied cherries, sweet cream, bacon and brush make for a fairly involving nose here . . . this medium-full-bodied wine is bright and balanced, and we would not be at all surprised if it gained in range and showed a bit more depth a couple of years hence.”

— June 2012, Connoisseur’s Guide

2008 Queste, Three Plumes & Burgonet Pinot Noirs

90 Points – Queste
“…attractively vibrant middle weight flavors that possess fine mid-palate concentration. There is very good balance and excellent persistence…austere finish…worth considering.”

89 Points – Three Plumes
“…an appealing combination of plum, violets and cassis. The round, delicious, and suave medium weight flavors possess a fine underlying sense of tension and culminate in a mocha infused finish that is ever-so-slightly jammy…”

91 Points – Burgonet
“…lovely combination of red and dark berry fruit is nuanced by violets and soft soil tones. There is good volume to the detailed, vibrant and dusty medium-bodied flavors…This is a really lovely juice and worth considering.”

— January 2012, Allen Meadow’s Burghound

The TR Elliott Pinot Noirs are not well known but they are consistently superb and frequent winners at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair.  Visit www.trelliott.com.”

— October 2011, PinotFile

Best of Class Winner – Burgonet
Silver Medal Winner – Queste
Silver Medal Winner – Three Plumes

— September 2011, Sonoma County Harvest Fair

92 Points – Three Plumes
“It’s a dazzler, and best now for its youthful appeal. Made from three selections of Pinot Noir and aged in one-year-old barrels, this is a forward Pinot Noir, rich in raspberries, cherries, spicy bacon and smoky sandalwood flavors. ”

91 Points – Queste
“A generous, feminine Pinot Noir, so softly fresh and fruity, it should be opened now. There’s a meaty, mushroomy edge to the raspberry and cherry fruit, as well as elaborately sweet new oak and exotic spice flavors.”

92 Points – Burgonet
“This is a deeply flavored, earthy wine. You’ll find rich raspberry and cherry fruit, but also a mushroomy taste, as well as intense baking spices. Impressively complex…”

— September 2011, Wine Enthusiast

91 Points Two Puffs – Three Plumes
“All of the TR Elliott Pinots display a certain refinement and sense of restraint…and, among them, this particular effort stands out as having an overt level of extract and depth.”

92 Points Two Puffs – Queste
“Standing out as the sleekest and most stylish of the several TR Elliott Pinots, Queste is a deep and still youthful wine that is at once very solid and somewhat pretty…like its mates, a neatly tailored, exceptionally well-balanced wine…”

90 Points One Puff – Burgonet
“The Burgonet bottling has more than enough central fruit to overcome the limits imposed by its very slight youthful stiffness…There is no question but that it has all the right pieces in place to grow into beauty if allowed a few years of benign neglect.””

— June 2011, Connoisseur’s Guide

2007 Queste, Three Plumes & Burgonet Pinot Noirs

92 Points, “Elegant and Spicy…” – Queste
93 Points, “Aromatic and Elegant…” – Three Plumes
93 Points, “Deep and Complex…” – Burgonet

— October 2010, Pinot Report

Gold Medal Winner – Three Plumes
Silver Medal Winner – Queste
Silver Medal Winner – Burgonet

— September 2010, Sonoma County Harvest Fair

One Puff – Queste
This head-turning wine’s seductive aromas of succulent cherries, dried violets and sweet cream go straight to what is best in top-shelf Pinot Noir…

One Puff – Three Plumes
Nicely keyed of clean, ripe-cherry fruit in the nose and sweetened with a sympathetic sprinkling of caramelly oak, this well-balanced, medium-full-bodied Pinot follows through on the palate with like-minded flavors…

— June 2010, Connoisseur’s Guide to California Wine

Gold Medal Winner – Three Plumes

— February 2010, Pinot Noir Summit

91 Points – Queste
“…exceptionally pretty and seductive aromas…excellent intensity as well as much better than average depth and length. Recommended for both quality and value…”

— October 2009, Allen Meadow’s Burghound

 

2006 Queste, Three Plumes & Burgonet Pinot Noirs

Gold Medal Winner – Burgonet
Silver Medal Winner – Queste
Silver Medal Winner – Three Plumes

— September 2009, Sonoma County Harvest Fair

93 Points, “Delicate and elegant…” – Queste
94 Points, “Complex, well structured…” – Three Plumes
93 Points, “Big, earthy style…” – Burgonet

— August 2009, Pinot Report

Affairs of the Vine Pinot Noir Shootout, 91 Points – Three Plumes

Male
Intense and fine floral nose moving to foresty notes. Black cherry on the palate. Silky with oak notes that surface in the finish. Complex with a long finish. Nice acid to complement food.

Female
Strawberries, cranberries and vanilla lure you in. Juicy red fruit and the silky mouthfeel.

— April 2009, San Rafael, California

Gold Medal Winner – Queste
Silver Medal Winner – Three Plumes
Bronze Medal Winner – Burgonet

— February 2009, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Silver Medal Winner – Queste
Silver Medal Winner – Three Plumes
Silver Medal Winner – Burgonet

— September 2008, Sonoma County Harvest Fair

“Part of pinot noir’s allure for many winemakers is that it’s the ultimate challenge. If you can make pinot noir, you should be able to make anything. But there is a difference between making pinot noir and making it well. I have been a long-time fan of this grape. With its explosion over the last few years, I’ve had the opportunity to taste a lot of great wines from new producers such as TR Elliott in Sonoma…”

— August 2008, Pamela S. Busch, The San Francisco Examiner

 

2005 Queste & Three Plumes

Affairs of the Vine Pinot Noir Shootout, 95 Points – Three Plumes

Male
Bright and clean on the nose. Cherry, pomegranate and raspberry aromas. Fresh cherry flavors with notes of mushrooms, cigar box. Balanced with a long, smooth black cherry finish.

Female
Complex nose with earthy notes, brown spice, sandalwood, cherry, and floral notes. Blackberry and cherry fruit. Juicy with firm cleansing acid.

— March 2008, San Francisco

Gold Medal Winner – Queste

— February 2008, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Silver Medal Winner – Queste

— October 2007, Sonoma County Harvest Fair

TR Elliott 2005 Queste was recommended in the San Francisco Chronicle’s Wine Selections/Russian River Valley Pinot Noir under $35 by writer Jon Bonné:

“It’s increasingly tough to find reasonably priced California Pinot Noir. It’s even tougher to find it in Sonoma’s Russian River Valley, where Pinot reigns — and the best wines have long been the stuff of mailing-list dreams. That might explain why it was a bit tough to find Russian River Pinots with real depth for $35 or less.”

— April 2007, The San Francisco Chronicle

 

2004 Queste & Three Plumes Pinot Noirs

Virginia Boone includes TR Elliott on her short short list of “…really small, truly transcendent pinot noir wines we have (in Sonoma County) in abundance, that you’d be hard pressed to find anywhere else in the world.”

— February 2007, The Santa Rosa Press Democrat

TR Elliott was featured as the “Discovering New Stars” selection at the February 10, 2007 The Pinot Noir Summit hosted by Affairs of the Vine.

— February 2007, The Officer’s Club, Fort Mason, San Francisco

Gold Medal Winner – Queste
Gold Medal Winner – Three Plumes

— October 2006, Sonoma County Harvest Fair

 

“I had never heard of Ted Elliott until he walked into our office last week. I came away from tasting his two Pinots with the feeling that if one were conducting a course of Russian River Pinot Noir, these two wines would be the ideal examples of what this region represents.

Theodore Elliott started his wine career with the harvest in 1978. His extensive stints at Carmenet and Sonoma Cutrer gave Ted a solid background in winemaking and grape growing. Ted’s knowledge of Russian River wines (Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in particular) is deeply rooted in his love of Burgundy.

Queste and Three Plumes are cuvées made from two exceptional vineyards in the Russian River Valley, Vine Hill and Hallberg (formerly Goldridge) Vineyards. Both vineyards are ideally positioned to take maximum advantage of the Russian River Valleys unique terroir, perfectly suited to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes.”

— May 2006, George Bato of The Wine Shop [Healdsburg, California]

 

2003 Queste Pinot Noir

Pinots Worth a Search:

“[TR Elliott is] A very small producer in Santa Rosa, California. Theodore R Elliott is the owner of Elliott Family Cellars. If you were teaching a wine class and wanted a typical Russian River Pinot Noir, this would be it. A warm nose of cherries, spice and cola. Elegant but powerful ripe red fruits. Finishes bright and clean. Over time the oak seemed to displace the fruit in the finish. Not a powerhouse – just a love fest.”

— February 2006, PinotFile

Silver Medal Winner

— October 2005, Sonoma County Harvest Fair

“Full-bodied, yet supple. Earthy, with aromas and flavors of cherry, raspberry, white pepper, cinnamon and forest floor.”

— September 2005, The Santa Rosa Press Democrat

“Since our tasting in December 2004, the 2003 TR Elliott Queste Russian River Pinot Noir has matured very nicely. The nose has filled out with a luscious berry scent and has deepened its caramel aroma. It also has a hint of root beer. Upon tasting the wine, the vibrant fruit was dominant but it was intermixed with cedar, smoky oak and a subtle herbal finish. This medium to full-bodied wine would be great with roasted meats, especially any game meat or duck. Heavier fish like sturgeon or swordfish would also match well. As they become available, root vegetables and any kind of wild mushroom would make a perfect pairing with this pinot.”

— 2005, Barbara Hom

 

2002 Queste Pinot Noir

Top Seasonal Pick, Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

— Spring 2005, Savour Wine Country Magazine

“Elegant, with a good structure. Ripe strawberry and raspberry flavors. Note of rose petal. An easy going wine.”

— December 2004, The Santa Rosa Press Democrat

“The 2002 TR Elliott Pinot has a clear blueberry aroma with a vanilla overtone. There are slight herbal hints of thyme and marjoram and also aromas of fresh green peppers. Most interesting is that the 2002 vintage changes depending on the food paired with it. The 2002 would be a great pair with salad greens, fish, chicken or duck, and also with a foods such as shiitake mushrooms, milder goat cheeses or with many of the small plates common in the new taster menus.”

— 2004, Barbara Hom