The Campbell Family has been farming in Oregon for five generations, four decades of which have been as grape growers in the Willamette Valley. Finding success with Elk Cove Vineyards, they are branching out with a project to bring unbeatable value to Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. This new endeavor is called Pike Road Wines, named after the winding road that runs adjacent to their vineyards at the foothills of Oregon's Coast Range Mountains.
Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2014: 100% Willamette Valley AVA grapes; aged for 10 months in French oak barrels; dark ruby red; dark fruit, red berry and smoke aromas; plum, rhubarb, and pomegranate flavors; super pleasant mouthfeel with beautiful balance; nice acidic backbone; twist off closure; 9,000 cases produced; SRP $19.
Willamette Valley Pinot Gris 2015: 100% Willamette Valley AVA grapes; fermented in stainless steel; floral, pear, and starfruit aromas; pear, vanilla, unripe lemon into a muskmelon finish; hint of acid keeps it fresh; twist-off closure; 8,000 cases produced; SRP $15.
Both eminently drinkable wines at a price point that allows for drinking more often than not.
Wines provided for tasting purposes - all opinions are my own.
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