Recently launched, Pike Road is Elk Cove’s sister winery, allowing second generation winemaker Adam Campbell the ability to work with grapes beyond those from their estate vineyards, and grown throughout the Willamette Valley. The Pike Road wines are made to be approachable and deliver at a price that many Oregon wine drinkers can afford.
Containing nothing but Willamette Valley fruit, this Pinot gris was fermented in stainless steel tanks and is bottled with a screw cap, making in perfect (i.e. no corkscrew necessary) to take on a picnic while the weather is so wonderful outside.
Pale yellow in color, this wine smelled of honeydew melon and cherimoyas. Winerabbler Michele can honestly say that she has never detected cherimoya in a wine before tasting this one! When we sipped, we tasted those same aromas, along with citrus notes of lemon and limes, slightly unripe apricots and cantaloupe melons. This wine is a touch sweet so we suggest pairing it with spicy foods such as tacos or thai food, or lemon ricotta pasta as we did!
The new Pike Road tasting room is now open in downtown Carlton so you should visit and try their entire line-up of affordable wines.
Michele Francisco, a founder and regular contributor to Winerabble, a blog primarily about Pacific Northwest wines, is living the dream in Portland, Oregon. Her passion leads some to believe she's got wine running through her veins. Contact Michele at firstname.lastname@example.org & be sure to visit her online portfolio at www.michelefrancisco.com.