January 23, 2013

Elk Cove, Willamette Valley, Pinot Noir, 2010

     A nice, reliable Pinot Noir. Good spice, nice flavor notes, at times one can even detect a hint of curry. There is nothing that really stands out though, no kick or funk or change that makes you want to stick your nose back in the glass before you take a sip.
     Think of Elk Cove PN '10 as that friend that you have that is very pleasant, a good conversationalist and knowledge up to a point. After years of egging them on trying to get a rise out of them, you have given up the challenge and let your simple, polite friend interject with a Seinfeld reference.
     There needs to be a frank discussion about Willamette Valley pricing in Michigan. In the Lansing area I purchased this bottle for $23 the list price is $26. I have seen it as low as in the Grand Rapids area $18 and as high as $28 in the same area. It maybe simple economics, but a $10 price swing seems ridiculous. If you can find it around $20 or lower, I would snatch it up. With 7,227 cases made it should be readily available.

ABV: 12,5%
Willamette Valley, Polk County, Oregon, USA

(I forgot to take a picture before I drank the wine and had to find the bottle...my bad)

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