2016 Clay Court Pinot Noir – 93 points from Wine Enthusiast

Our 2016 Clay Court Pinot Noir received an excellent 93 point rating from Wine Enthusiast.

The full review posts in the December issue of Wine Enthusiast Magazine and at winemag.com. According to Senior Tasting Director Joe Czerwinski, Wine Enthusiast blind tastes wines for review and rates their wines according to a 100 point scale:

Classic 98-100: The pinnacle of quality.
Superb 94-97: A great achievement.
Excellent 90-93: Highly recommended.
Very Good 87-89: Often good value; well recommended.
Good 83-86: Suitable for everyday consumption; often good value.
Acceptable 80-82: Can be employed in casual, less-critical circumstances.
Wines receiving a rating below 80 are not reviewed.

Recommended by Great Northwest Wine

Our 2015 Clay Court Pinot Noir was recommended by Great Northwest Wine.

“When this young 15-acre Pinot Noir project devoted to Pommard, Dijon 115 and 777 clones became available in 2009, the Campbell family jumped at it. And it’s become a smashing success – not only for winemaking son, Adam, but also for his tennis-loving parents. A product of a record-hot vintage makes for enticing aromas of black cherry jam, dark strawberry, ripe red currant and smoky oak. Inside, there are rich and rounded flavors of cherry and plum. Light tannins and raspberry acidity lead to a finishing flourish of plump blueberry.”

View the whole review at Great Northwest Wine online.

2015 Clay Court Pinot Noir – 91 points from Wine Enthusiast

Our 2015 Clay Court Pinot Noir received an excellent 91 point rating from Wine Enthusiast.

“Pommard and Dijon clones planted in 2001 fuel this tasty wine. Its dusty plum and black cherry fruit carries a touch of dark chocolate, all framed by firm yet polished tannins. Built to age, it can be enjoyed now with a good decanting.”-P.G.

This review posted in the October issue of Wine Enthusiast Magazine and at winemag.com. According to Senior Tasting Director Joe Czerwinski, Wine Enthusiast blind tastes wines for review and rates their wines according to a 100 point scale:

Classic 98-100: The pinnacle of quality.
Superb 94-97: A great achievement.
Excellent 90-93: Highly recommended.
Very Good 87-89: Often good value; well recommended.
Good 83-86: Suitable for everyday consumption; often good value.
Acceptable 80-82: Can be employed in casual, less-critical circumstances.
Wines receiving a rating below 80 are not reviewed.

90 Points in Wine & Spirits

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

2012 Clay Court – 92 Pts in Wine Spectator

Our 2012 Clay Court Pinot Noir received an excellent 92 Point rating from the Wine Spectator:

“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

92 points in Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

Our 2012 Pinot Noir Clay Court continues to impress:

“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

2012 Clay Court: Excellent rating in Great Northwest Wine

Our 2012 Clay Court received an “Excellent” rating at GreatNorthwestWine.com:

“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

 

2012 Clay Court: 90 Points in Wine & Spirits

Our 2012 Clay Court  received 90 points from Wine & Spirits Magazine in their August 2014 issue:

“Bright with a high-toned cherry aroma, this deepens to plum and spice in the middle. The finish is lean and firmly in the grip of fruit skin tannins. For braised lamb.” – Wine & Spirits, August 2014

2012 Clay Court: 91 Points in Wine Enthusiast

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.