Pinot Noir, 2017. Elk Cove Vineyards Clay Court

Pinot Noir, 2017. Elk Cove Vineyards Clay Court

Item #: XR7136W
Vintage: 2017
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Vineyard/Appellation: Oregon
Color: Deep Magenta
Nose: Candied Plum. Rosemary, Sage
Palate: Cherry Pie, Red Currants
Finish: Smooth
Rating: 92
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2033/Red Meat. Pasta/13..5% Alcohol by Volume

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Clay Court sits atop a picturesque hillside in the Parrett Mountain zone of the Chehalem Mountains AVA. This 15 acre all-Pinot-Noir vineyard was planted in 2001 with the classic Pommard and modern Dijon 115 and 777 clones of Pinot Noir. Clay Court was purchased by Elk Cove in 2009 and is the home of founders Joe and Pat Campbell - and their beloved tennis court! With gentle east-facing slopes, dark red Jory clay soils, and a proven track-record for producing high-quality Pinot Noirs, Clay Court Vineyard was immediately a great addition to Elk Cove's estate vineyards.

All of Elk Cove's delicate Pinot Noir fruit undergoes the same gentle handling through our gravity flow system. This allows us to achieve the elegance, texture and luscious quality that are the hallmarks of exquisite Pinot Noir. Clay Court Pinot Noir fruit is fermented in small, temperature controlled steel tanks, hand punched down twice daily then aged for ten months in 33% new French oak. Our winemaking team then carefully blends the barrels most representative of the spicy flavors and concentrated red cherry fruit that characterizes this vineyard.

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