2014 Elk Cove Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Dark red. Ripe red fruits, pungent flowers and a hint of cola on the perfumed nose. Juicy and seamless in the mouth, offering pliant black raspberry and cherry flavors and a refreshing jolt of spicy white pepper. Finishes sweet and long, displaying smooth tannins and lingering floral and dark berry notes. (JR)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2014 Pinot Noir is a blend of six vineyard sites that goes through a barrel selection, matured in wood for ten months. It offers brambly red fruit on the nose, a little darker than some others, but nicely defined and full of charm. The palate is medium-bodied with a soft, approachable entry. There is good volume in the mouth with blackberry, raspberry, white pepper and truffle-Iike notes with a structure underlying the fruit-driven finish. Good value Oregon Pinot Noir. Yeah...I like Elk Cove. I like the cut of their jib. These are examples of Oregon fermented grape juice that exude precision, freshness, intensity and for want of a better word, sheer drinkability. These are the kind of wines that I sample professionally but leave thinking how much I would just like to abscond with them and share them with friends. (NM)
Wine & Spirits
A generous, well-priced, full-flavored red, this wine offers generous cherry and strawberry flavors, a layer of toasted oak and enough fresh acidity to provide a surprising tension and lift.
Young and fresh, Elk Cove's entry-level Willamette Valley Pinot is a well-made, fruit-forward expression of the grape. Hints of clove wrap around peppery berry and cherry fruit. It's a bright, appealing wine, drinking quite nicely already. (PG)
Bright and focused, with powdery tannins supporting boysenberry and pomegranate flavors that linger on the finish. Best from 2017 through 2020. (HS)