11 Northwest Pinot Noirs to taste today

By on September 29, 2013

Elk Cove Vineyards 2010 Clay Court Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $48

elk-cove-vineyards-clay-court-pinot-noir-2010The Campbells purchased this Parrot Mountain parcel the year prior to this harvest, prizing the fruit from this east-facing slope in Jory soil. Second-generation winemaker Adam Campbell raves about the intense red tones of this Chehalem Mountains site, planted in 2000, and the attraction is understandable. Sweet oak, strawberry, Bing cherry and dried red currant aromas spin into a rich entry of cherry jam and a continuation of currants. Cola, pomegranate and pie cherry flavors make for a delicious midpalate and give it length for a food-friendly finish.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 352 cases

Alcohol: 13.5%

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About Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue is the editor and publisher of Great Northwest Wine. He is a third-generation journalist who has worked at newspapers since the mid-1980s and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Eric Degerman and served as its editor-in-chief for 15 years. He is a frequent judge at international wine competitions. He is the author of "The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer's Handbook" (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books. He writes about wine for The Seattle Times. You can find him on Twitter and .

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