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2013 Elk Cove Vineyards Pinot Noir "Clay Court"

Winery: Elk Cove Vineyards

Vintage: 2013

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Clay Court"

Wine Category: Pinot Noir

Grape blend: 100% Pinot Noir

Region: Chehalem Mountain

State or country: OR

Price: $60

Cases produced: 254

KWG Score: 93.2 (based on 4 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (92)

Review date: June 23, 2015

Wine Review: This ruby colored Pinot Noir from Elk Cove is impressive and was well received by our mini-tasting group. It opens with pomegranate and sarsaparilla bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced and very easy to drink. The flavor profile is a very tasty black plum with notes of strawberry and gentle minerality. I also detected hints of oak and cola in the background. The finish is dry and its flavors and gentle tannins stick around for a little while. This Pinot is food friendly and would pair well with pork tenderloin. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: A bright ruby gem, Clay Court shows cinnamon and saddle leather with sweet almond, spring blossoms and strawberry-rhubarb pie. Characteristics of volcanic Jory soil ring true in the palate of sweet tobacco, white pepper and raspberry compote with hints of prune and leather. Elegant tannins play with slight tension, ending in a pinnacle of grace.

Organic status: not organic

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