“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.
93 Points Top Oregon Wines “Light and sleek, with appealing raspberry, cherry and delicately meaty flavors, mingling effortlessly against a light veil of tannins as the finish lingers. Drink now through 2018. ” – Harvey Steiman (February 1, 2013)
93 Points Year’s Best Pinot Noir. “Dark and plummy, this has an irresistible mélange of scents that ranges from pipe tobacco to flourless chocolate cake. There’s a dark and inviting purity of fruit to the palate that feels generous and sweet, the tannins informed by fruit rather than oak, giving the wine length and poise. For duck confit.” (April 1, 2013)
90+ Points “Juicy, incisive raspberry and bitter cherry flavors are complemented by notes of licorice and black tea, with a vanilla nuance adding sweetness. Finishes with very good energy and lift, leaving spice and anise notes behind. ” – Josh Raynolds (July 8, 2012)
91 Points “Sleek and supple, striking a lovely balance between floral-inflected black currant fruit and savory overtones of spice and toasted barley. This has depth and refinement. Drink now through 2019.” – Harvey Steiman (January 31, 2012)
93 “Dark and plummy, this has an irresistible mélange of scents that ranges from pipe tobacco to flourless chocolate cake. There’s a dark and inviting purity of fruit to the palate that feels generous and sweet, the tannins informed by fruit rather than oak, giving the wine length and poise. For duck confit.”
Clay Court Vineyard is a beautiful picturesque site in the Parrot Mountain area of the Chehalem Mountains AVA. Purchased by Elk Cove Vineyards in 2009, this 15 acre vineyard was planted in 2001 to Dijon 115 & 777, as well as the historic Pommard clone of Pinot Noir. With gentle east-facing slopes and dark red Jory soils, Clay Court Vineyard is a great location for producing spicy Pinot Noir with concentrated red cherry fruit. Purchasing a vineyard with a proven track record of producing high quality Pinot Noir has allowed us to add a spicy red fruited element to our Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, as well as selectively choosing barrels to truly show off the potential of this amazing site with a Single Vineyard wine.