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“This Oregon gris is lean, bracing and mineral, with a heady scent of brioche and fresh-cut grass… it reveals exotic flavors of white tea, fresh fig, even persimmon… compelling…” (July 31, 2006)

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2005 Pinot Gris Willamette Valley:

Buying Guide. “One of 100 Best Wines of the Year!” (October 31, 2006)

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2006 Pinot Gris Willamette Valley:

19th Annual Restaurant Poll — “19th Annual Restaurant Poll Top Ten Most Popular Pinot Gris/Grigio” (March 31, 2008)

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2006 Pinot Gris Willamette Valley:

92 Points “Vibrant pear fruit is at the heart of this elegant gris. Framed by a mild herbal scent, its succulent fruit is unabashedly rich and pure, but the wine never becomes too heavy or opulent. Talclike acidity lifts the wine and gives it a gentle contour. A good accomaniment to roast halibut.” – Patrick Comiskey (August 31, 2007)

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2008 Pinot Gris Willamette Valley:

21st Annual Restaurant Poll — “Elk Cove Pinot Gris places in the Top 5 in the 21st Annual Restaurant poll!” (April 15, 2010)

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2005 Pinot Blanc Willamette Valley:

88 Points “A soft quince-blossom scent leads into sweeping apple flavors, a fine wine to enjoy in the summer sunshine, or with roast langoustines.” – Patrick Comiskey (July 31, 2006)

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2006 Pinot Blanc Willamette Valley:

90 Points “February 2008 Wine of the Month! This spot-on blanc is as focused as a beam of light, with aromas of biscuits and quince. The fine, almost racy palate suggests apricot, firmed up by a fruit-skin grip. Pour with a bowl of gnocchi and wild mushrooms.” – Patrick Comiskey (February 28, 2008)

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2006 Pinot Noir Rose Willamette Valley:

86 Points (September 30, 2007)

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2009 Clay Court Pinot Noir:

90 Points “Plummy and broad, this rich pinot has a burly appeal of grenache but with darker, more mineral fruit.” (April 30, 2012)

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2006 Pinot Noir Reserve:

91 Points (December 1, 2008)

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2001 Roosevelt Pinot Noir:

91 Points “A wine that tastes of smoke and earth, elements that suggest great complexity for the future. Aromas of root vegetables, celeriac and beets, give way to black cherry scents, then earth and fruit combine in a verdant character that smoothes the finish. Intriguing now, it will improve in a year’s time; pair with forest mushrooms en papillote.” (January 31, 2004)

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2005 Windhill Pinot Noir:

88 Points – Patrick Comiskey (September 30, 2007)

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2000 La Boheme Pinot Noir:

89 Points “Muscular, dense and briary, this wine combines New World power with finesse. The fruit is tinged in blue, the texture is supple and lush, with a fresh snapped twig quallity in the finish. Serve with your next sage-rubbed pork loin.” – Patrick Comiskey

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2006 La Boheme Pinot Noir:

92 Points “Ample, round and lavish in its oak…it’s packed with flavors of mocha, sassafras, and black cherry…serve with pasta or wild mushrooms.” (June 1, 2008)

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2009 La Boheme Pinot Noir: 

90 Points “Forward and spicy, leading with the scents of black cherry jam and red plum, this wine’s flavors are just as fruit-driven, with a pleasing hint of anise.” (April 30, 2012)

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2006 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley:

91 Points “Richly ripe when first poured, this gathers focus with air. Its stalwart plum flavors develop a limpid clarity in the center, a pure fruit moment that gives way to a fleshy, savory finish. It has the savory layered notes to pair with coq au vin.” – Patrick Comiskey (April 30, 2008)

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2007 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley:

20th Annual Restaurant Poll. “In the MOST POPULAR PINOT NOIRS category, Elk Cove’s 2007 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir ranked #24.” (April 1, 2009)

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2008 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley:

90 Points Best Buy. “A big-shouldered wine with hedonistic black cherry compote scents…It’s deep and concentrated…fairly irresistible, and would be delicious with lean beef, like marinated flank.” (October 1, 2010)

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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.