External Reviews for Elk Cove Clay Court Pinot Noir
Light, fresh and tangy, with lime and green apple accents to the red berry and coffee flavors, coming together on the transparent finish. Fine tannins. Best from 2015 through 2019.
From their recently-acquired (and re-named) site on Parrett Mountain — their sole vineyard on Jory soil or dominated by Dijon clones rather than Pommard — Elk Cove’s 2011 Pinot Noir Clay Court leads with dried sour cherry shadowed by kirsch distillate and an equally pungent note of horseradish that then translates into incisive invigoration on a firm, tartly-juicy palate. A faint bit of gum-numbing is engendered by the tannins, but there is stronger fresh fruit persistence and sense of energy here than in the corresponding Five Mountain bottling, and I can envision delicious showings through at least 2017.