Elk Cove Vineyards 2013 Clay Court Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains, $60

By on July 12, 2015

Elk Cove Vineyards-2013-Clay Court Pinot Noir BottleThis 15-acre site atop Parrett Mountain, among Oregon’s Chehalem Mountains between the Portland suburbs of Newberg and Tualatin, was established in 2001 and dedicate to Pinot Noir clones Pommard, Dijon 115 and 777. Since 2009, it’s served as the home and home court for Elk Cove founding winemakers/tennis players Joe and Pat Campbell. Their son, Adam, now calls the lines at their winery and vineyard, where this vintage was cropped to 2.9 tons per acre. Thanks to him, this bottling tosses up aromas of black plum, black cherry and smoky blackberry with coffee and dark toast. That sets up a matching profile on the palate, backed by cherry skin tannin, boysenberry acidity and creamy cherries on the follow through.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 355 cases

Alcohol: 13%

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