2019 Campbell Lane Winery Oregon rosé of Pinot noir
Stoneridge Vineyard, Willamette Valley, Oregon
Empty bottle weight: 18.2 ounces // 517 grams
325 cases produced
We recently had the opportunity to spend an afternoon with husband and wife, Tracy Campbell Parks and Andy Parks of Campbell Lane Winery. What a memorable day! Located just a few minutes’ drive south of Portland, the Stoneridge Vineyard unfurls down the hillside from the top of Pete’s Mountain.
Tracy’s parents Leigh and Ceille Campbell found and purchased the property in 1966, on a rural road aptly named Campbell Lane. After farming Christmas trees for years, Leigh decided to clear a portion of the land for grapevines. A chance encounter with Paul Hart, founder of Rex Hill Winery, who just happened to have far too many young Pinot gris plants without a vineyard location, convinced Leigh to become a grape grower. Those plants found a home in the Campbell’s new Stoneridge Vineyard and the couple spent many years growing grapes and selling the ripe fruit to other wineries.
Fast forward to a few years ago, the Parks hired a winemaker, launched Campbell Lane Winery and opened a tasting room on their family’s vineyard. With plenty of outdoor seating, spectacular views and hospitality, visitors get to taste wines from grapevines mere feet away. If you live or travel to the Portland area, I encourage you to schedule a tasting. I mean, just look at their view toward Mt Hood!
Bouquet and palate:
Cranberries // strawberries // lime zest // cherries // grade A maple syrup // pink grapefruit // bright acidity
Food pairing suggestions:
Paprika shrimp // fettuccini with shredded zucchini and ricotta // ham, leek and gouda souffle
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 email@example.com & be sure to visit her online portfolio at www.michelefrancisco.com.