2014 Elk Cove Willamette Valley Pinot Noir (375ml)
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. Winemaker Adam Campbell is a dab hand at not just Pinot Noir but also white varieties, in particular producing two very worthy Chardonnay and Rieslings from the 2014 vintage...Their 2014 Pinot Noir Reserve will need some bottle age, but will surely evolve into one of the standouts of a very good growing season, while the 2014 La Bohème Pinot Noir and Five Mountain Pinot Noir are both exquisite expressions of the grape variety that help put Oregon on the world stage. This was certainly one of my most impressive tastings during my visit: a combination of old vine stock and careful winemaking by a skillful winemaker. (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.
Bright and focused, with powdery tannins supporting boysenberry and pomegranate flavors that linger on the finish. Best from 2017 through 2020.