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Wine of the Week: 2011 Elk Cove Vineyards, Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

“Give me wine to wash me clean of the weather-stains of cares”―Ralph Waldo Emerson

Welcome to Monday and another wine of the week. In today's spotlight is the 2011 Elk Cove Vineyards, Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. I encountered this fantastic example of 'true' Willamette Valley Pinot Noir during a #winechat on the Twitter machine more than a few years ago, sent as a sample for the review process. Have you heard it said, "clones matter" a phrase coined and or attributed by/to the folks at Willakenzie? There is truth in those words because clones do matter and also a host of other activities, many unknown and unseen by the average wine consumer.

Many folks throw around the word 'terroir, but what does it really mean? It's origins come from a French term which roughly means an all-encompassing set of conditions which help make wines of distinction. While to some, it's simply a quasi-cheap marketing lure to bait unsuspecting wanna-be wine enthusiasts; it&…

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