2014 Elk Cove Vineyards ‘Clay Court’ Pinot Noir

2014 Elk Cove Vineyards ‘Clay Court’ Pinot Noir


Chehalem Mountain AVA, Willamette Valley, Oregon

Tastes Like: Spiced Cherry, Raspberry, Cinnamon Stick

Adam Campbell is one of Oregon’s top winemakers.” – Food & Wine Magazine

From the very beginning, it was written in the stars that Adam Campbell would become a winemaker.

His parents Pat and Joe were early pioneers of the Willamette Valley. When they first founded Elk Cove way back in 1974, there were less than 10 wineries in all of Oregon. More than a decade before Robert Parker ‘discovered’ Willamette, they saw the incredible potential that this untapped land had to offer.

They planted their first vineyards in shallow Willakenzie soils on a picturesque piece of steep, hilly land. Little did they know that they were paving the way to become one of the most respected wineries in the country. Just five years later one of their wines won gold medals in three separate competitions, and ever since then the accolades have never stopped flowing.

Adam, who has spent his entire life around the vines, worked side by side with his parents as he grew up. He meticulously studied every facet of winemaking, and by 1999 he had mastered the craft so perfectly that he was named Head Winemaker for Elk Cove.

Under his direction the winery has continued to thrive, earning universal critic praise and even winning the title “Pacitifc Northwest Winery of the Year.” And with just one sip of his prized Pinot Noirs, you’ll understand what all the hype is about.

Over the years the Campbells have expanded their estate to include six separate vineyard sites, each of which produces incredibly unique and distinctive flavors. But for Pinot Noir with exceptional concentration of bold, spicy red fruit flavors, it doesn’t get much better than their Clay Court vineyard.

This southeast-facing estate in the Chehalem Mountains AVA boasts some of the best terroir you can find in Oregon. Its Jory and volcanic clay soils produce wine with exceptional intensity and depth, and the combination of Pommard and Dijon Pinot Noir clones bring both structure and freshness to the finished wines.

So when faced with a near-perfect harvest in 2014 – or, as Adam put it, “the stuff dreams are made of” – he was able to produce a wine that is off-the-charts-delicious.

The 2014 Elk Cove ‘Clay Court’ Pinot Noir offers lusciously layered flavors of red cherry, candied orange peel, and spiced raspberry. Its silky, full-bodied palate offers perfectly balanced tannins and acidity, and 10 months of aging in French oak leaves behind elegant notes of dusty cedar and cinnamon stick on the stunningly long finish.

A standout among the winery’s single-vineyard selections, this big-boned effort brings flavors of chewy cherry alongside a citrus highlight and a definite underpinning of wet stone and clay.– 93 Points, Wine Enthusiast

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