“A standout among the winery’s single-vineyard selections, this big-boned effort brings flavors of chewy cherry alongside a citrus highlight and a definite underpinning of wet stone and clay. Texturally compelling, it should age gracefully through 2014.” – Paul Gregutt
According to the Wine Enthusiast, a rating of 90-94 points equates to “Excellent. Extremely well made and highly recommended.” This review posted in the August 2016 issue of the magazine.
2013 Clay Court Pinot Noir Five Mountain Pinot Noir Pinot Noir Willamette Valley
Three Elk Cove wines made Wine & Spirits Magazine’s list of the Year’s Best U.S. Pinot Noirs.
San Francisco based Wine and Spirits Magazine tasted more than 1,140 American Pinot Noirs in 2015. Of those, only 149 received a score high enough to make their Year’s Best U.S. Pinot Noirs so this is a huge honor. Included on the list are:
Wine & Spirits Magazine gave our 2013 Clay Court Pinot Noir a great review of 90 Points. This wine also made their list of the Year’s Best U.S. Pinot Noirs:
“This wine’s dark chocolate scents of oak contrast with its light red, pomegranate-like fruit. The pieces are all here, but they need time to integrate. Then serve with rotisserie-roasted pork.” – Patrick J. Comiskey
Our 2013 Clay Court Pinot Noir received a whopping 94 points and was designated a “Cellar Selection” by Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
“Though the 2013 vintage has generally been deemed a challenging one, this astonishing bottling proves that great wine can be made somewhere in almost any year. This warm and fruity, perfectly structured single-vineyard effort opens with a smooth and supple palate offering strawberry and cherry fruit, defining acidity and superb length. Give it a few hours to breathe and it shows depth, finesse and the ability to age and improve through 2025 and beyond. Cellar Selection.” – Paul Gregutt
This review posted in their October, 2015 issue of the magazine.
“Lithe and expressive, focusing blackberry and cherry flavors into a narrow beam that shines through a thin veil of fine tannins and persists into the long finish. Drink now through 2022.” -Harvey Steiman
“The nose is conservative, slightly reticent at first, then opens with a mixture of red and black fruit, baked cherries, boysenberry and just a faint touch of menthol. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin and respectable depth. There is something pleasantly unassuming about this Pinot Noir as in it is not trying to impress, there is no ostentation. It needs another 12 months to fully assimilate the new oak, but then you will have a fine Pinot Noir that should offer a decade of pleasure.” -Neal Martin
“Vibrant and expressive, with a spurt of currant and plum fruit leading a parade of tangy citrus, dusky spice and chai tea overtones that add depth as the finish expands. Drink now through 2022.” – Harvey Steiman
“2012 Pinot Noir Clay Court Willamette Valley($60) Vivid ruby-red. Sexy, expressive aromas of dark berry liqueur, cherry pit, floral pastilles and woodsmoke, with a spicy topnote adding vibrancy. Offers silky, open-knit blackberry and spicecake flavors and a touch of cola that gains strength on the back half. In a fruit-driven, forward style, with excellent finishing clarity and length and supple tannins that come in late. 92″ – Josh Raynolds
“Adam Campbell and his parents purchased this Parrett Mountain property in 2009 — eight years after it was planted to Pommard, Dijon 115 and 777 clones. His folks loved the setting so much they made it their home and built a tennis court, hence the name. Their harvest at 1.75 tons per acre from this stunning vintage explains Bing cherry and dusty blackberry aromatics with cotton candy, minerality and mincemeat. That dark fruit and minerality carries onto the palate with plum skin tannins and pie cherry acidity.” – Andy Perdue
Our 2012 Clay Court single vineyard Pinot Noir received 91 points from Wine Enthusiast Magazine.
“Sourced from a 15-acre vineyard on Parrett Mountain, this displays single vineyard specificity. Entry is surprisingly soft, and (perhaps influenced by the name) there seems to be a pleasing clay-like quality to the mouth feel. Clean blueberry fruit leads into a tasty, balanced finish.” – Paul Gregutt
This review posted in Wine Enthusiast’s Buying Guide in June of 2014.