Thursday, May 26, 2016

Pike Road Wines

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.

Pike Road Wines

Tasting Notes:
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.

Like 50 States Of Wine on Facebook
Follow 50 States Of Wine on Twitter
Subscribe to the 50 States Of Wine YouTube channel

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Holman Ranch Olive Oil

About a year ago, Holman Ranch Vineyards and Winery sent me a sample of their 2012 Sauvignon Blanc to taste and it was quite good, a wine I'd return to for sure. Holman Ranch is more than just wines, though, the property includes many projects:  weddings, events, an olive grove, and stables. Originally, the ranch was part of the lands bestowed to the Mission San Carlos Borromeo del Rio Carmelo.  In 1989, Dorothy McEwen planted the vineyards and created the ranch as it is known today, though the current owners, Thomas and Jarman Lowder, planted the olive groves. They were kind enough to provide a sample of their Holman Ranch Olive Oil for tasting.

Holman Ranch Olive Oil

The olive tree grove is composed of 100 trees with cultivars of Frantoio, Leccino, Mission, Coratina, Pendolino and Picholine represented. The trees were raised in a nursery from 1994 and then transplanted to the Ranch in 2007. Nice to know: Although the Olive Grove is not certified organic, organic practices are employed and the mill is certified organic.

I found the olive oil to be very rich and creamy. There are strong grassy notes both on the nose and the palate - this oil tastes fresh and alive. We tried it neat, as part of salad dressings, and also for cooking - a very versatile olive oil, it worked splendidly in all situations.

Oil provided for tasting purposes - all opinions are my own.

Like 50 States Of Wine on Facebook
Follow 50 States Of Wine on Twitter
Subscribe to the 50 States Of Wine YouTube channel