Kent’s Pick: 2014 Elk Cove Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, $24.00

We did a buy-in on the 2014 Elk Cove Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, and it allowed us to drop the price from $28 to $24.  I figured I had better grab a bottle to write up before it all disappears! Elk Cove Vineyards was founded by the Campbell family in 1974 and is still family owned. The fruit for this bottle is a blend from all five of Elk Cove’s vineyard sites: Estate, Mount Richmond, Five Mountain, Clay Court, and Windhill. The wine is aged for 10 months in French oak of which 20 percent is new.  On the nose, the wine shows cherry, light strawberry, a touch of earth and some baking spice. On the palate, it is very soft and has a lovely texture showing strawberry jam, Bing cherry, cherry cola, cranberry and a little orange peel.  This wine is drinking very well now, and I would lay in enough to drink over the next one to two years.