Wine & Spirits (Year’s Best Pinot Noir)

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.