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Anna Campbell
 
June 26, 2022 | Anna Campbell

We've Moved To McMinnville!

Dane Campbell standing in a doorway holding a large bottle of Pike Road Pinot noir with Pike Road Oregon Crafted painted on the door and address number 701 above the door

Dane Campbell, Director of Retail Sales

PIKE ROAD WINES MOVES TO MCMINNVILLE, OR

PRESS RELEASE

June 24, 2022, McMinnville, Oregon - After 5 years pouring their wines in Carlton, OR, Pike Road Wines is moving to a new location in McMinnville’s historic downtown at the east end of Third Street. The move was precipitated by the popularity of the winery that has outgrown its retail space in a historic bank building at 105 W Main Street in Carlton, OR. The Pike Road team has transformed the space at 701 NE 3rd street, formerly an insurance brokerage, into a wine bar that awaits finishing touches before opening in mid-June.

“The great little town of Carlton has been a wonderful home these 5 past years, but I love McMinnville too. I look forward to the diverse opportunities for Pike Road as part of the vibrant Third Street community.”

 – Dane Campbell, Director of Retail Sales, Pike Road Wines

Pike Road Wines launched in 2016 and is the sister winery to Elk Cove Vineyards, founded by Pat and Joe Campbell in 1974 and the first vineyard and winery in what is now the Yamhill-Carlton AVA (American Viticultural Area). Elk Cove is now in the second generation under Winemaker/Owner Adam Campbell and their wines are 100% estate-grown, whereas the Campbells purchase fruit from 20+ area growers in the northern Willamette Valley to produce their wines under the Pike Road label.

The new tasting room will provide room to grow while plans are made for a new winery location on Pike Road in Yamhill. Currently, Pike Road’s winemaking and bottling take place at their sister winery Elk Cove in Gaston, OR. According to second-generation Winemaker/Owner Adam Campbell:

“In the coming years we hope to break ground on a winery surrounded by our vineyards off Pike Road in Yamhill, but we aren’t ruling out a continued presence in McMinnville. This town has done so much to promote Oregon Wine from The International Pinot Noir Celebration to The Linfield Wine Studies program, and with more places to stay and dine, McMinnville is proving itself to be a center of the Willamette Valley wine community that’s attracting visitors from all over the world.”

– Winemaker/Owner Adam Campbell

The past 10 years have seen increasing numbers of wineries opening satellite tasting rooms in area towns like Carlton and McMinnville that are situated close to the wine-growing regions of Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

About Pike Road Wines:
At Pike Road, we believe great winemaking starts with great farming. That’s why we’ve made it our mission to support small family-owned vineyards to create wines of quality, value and integrity, sourcing fruit from over 20 farms in Oregon’s northern Willamette Valley covering six unique sub-AVAs: Chehalem Mountains, Dundee Hills, Eola-Amity Hills, Laurelwood, Tualatin Hills & Yamhill Carlton. With over four decades of experience at Pike Road’s sister winery Elk Cove Vineyards, our family has a long history here in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. We are committed to preserving family farms through our longtime partnerships with growers from around the valley.

Quick facts about Pike Road:

• 15K annual case production
• Fruit sourced from Elk Cove’s estate plantings and 20+ small vineyards in the northern Willamette Valley
• Wines include Pinot Noir, Rosé, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, and Single Vineyard Pinot Noirs from
several well-known vineyards including Shea, Fairsing and Temperance Hill

Three photos of a sweeping grassy farm with yellow mustard flowers and new trellis posts for a vineyard.Visiting the proposed winery site on Pike Road in Yamhill, OR. Upper left: Adam Campbell, Travis Watson, Shirley Brooks & Dane Campbell. Upper right: Winemaker/Owner Adam Campbell

Photos of a tasting room with bottles, a group of four people posed in painting clothes, painting a gold wall with a roller

Left Top: Featured wines for Pike Road’s opening weekend
Left Bottom: Members of the Campbell family painting crew, from left to right Eartha, Pat, Joe and Anna Campbell
Right Top: Dane Campbell, Director of Retail Sales, Pike Road Wines ready to open
Right Bottom: Elk Cove co-founder Joe Campbell, age 83 painting the gold wall in the new space

Follow this link for a PDF version of this press release:  Pike Road in McMinnville Press Release

Anna Campbell
 
February 22, 2022 | Anna Campbell

Great reviews in Vinous

93 Points
2019 Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir
Glistening ruby-red. Intensely perfumed cherry and dark berry scents are complemented by suggestions of cocoa powder, baking spices and pungent flowers. Juicy and focused on the palate, offering appealingly sweet red and blue fruit flavors that turn livelier as the wine opens up. The berry and floral notes drive a very long, gently chewy finish framed by fine-grained, even tannins. - Josh Raynolds, February 2022

93 Points
2019 Temperance Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir
Brilliant ruby. Mulberry, cherry cola, licorice and succulent flowers on the deeply perfumed nose. Juicy red and blue fruit preserve, baking spice and floral pastille flavors deepen slowly as the wine opens up. Blends richness and energy with a sure hand and finishes very long, spicy and gently tannic, leaving kirsch and botanical herb notes behind. - Josh Raynolds, February 2022

92 Points
2019 Fairsing Vineyard Pinot Noir
Dark magenta. Kirsch, blackberry, violet and potpourri aromas show sharp clarity and building spiciness. Chewy and broad on the palate, offering bitter cherry, dark berry, spicecake and botanical herb flavors that turn sweeter and livelier through the back half. Finishes smoky and long, with repeating dark berry character and dusty tannins that build steadily and add firm closing grip. - Josh Raynolds, February 2022

92 Points
2019 Meyer Vineyard Pinot Noir
Vivid ruby. Fresh red and blue fruit, floral and baking spice scents show fine clarity and spicy lift. Palate-caressing raspberry, boysenberry and floral pastille flavors deepen steadily through the back half. Betrays no rough edges and finishes smooth and long, with sneaky tannins and lingering blue fruit and spice notes. - Josh Raynolds, February 2022

90 Points
2019 Corinne Vineyard Pinot Noir
Bright ruby-red. Aromas of blackberry, cherry pit and pungent flowers pick up licorice and spice nuances with aeration. Juicy and focused in the mouth, offering bitter cherry and dark berry flavors and a sweetening touch of mocha. The spicy note repeats on the gently tannic and nicely persistent finish, which leaves a succulent herb note behind. - Josh Raynolds, February 2022

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Anna Campbell
 
February 1, 2022 | Anna Campbell

Great reviews in James Suckling

90 Points
2019 Willamette Valley Chardonnay
"A fruity nose of pears, mangoes, peaches and lemons. It’s medium-bodied with a creamy texture and a clean finish." - James Suckling, July 2021

90 Points
2019 Matteri Vineyard Chardonnay
"Baked apple, apricot, mango, brioche and lemon curd on the nose. It’s medium-to-full-bodied with a creamy, ripe and fruity palate." - James Suckling, July 2021

91 Points
2019 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
"Pleasing dried-strawberry character with dark cherries and hints of dried lemons. It’s medium-bodied with round, easy tannins and a fresh finish." - James Suckling, July 2021

91 Points
2019 Corinne Vineyard Pinot Noir
"A pretty nose of raspberries, cherries, dried leaves and spices. Medium-bodied with fine tannins and bright acidity. Vibrant and fruity with sweet, juicy character. Supple finish." - James Suckling, July 2021

92 Points
2019 Fairsing Vineyard Pinot Noir
"Aromas of redcurrants, plums, licorice and spice box. It’s medium-bodied with sleek tannins. Ripe and fruity with a sweet, creamy finish." - James Suckling, July 2021

91 Points
2019 Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir
"Ripe strawberries with blackberry and light coffee-bean undertones. It’s medium-bodied with fine tannins and a fresh finish." - James Suckling, July 2021

91 Points
2019 Meyer Vineyard Pinot Noir
"Cherry, redcurrant and dried-herb aromas with baking-spice undertones. It’s medium-bodied with ripe tannins. Fruity and ripe with sweet fruit on the supple finish." - James Suckling, July 2021

93 Points
2019 Temperance Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir
"Very ripe strawberries with plums and perfumes on the nose, as well as a touch of cedar. Medium body and very fine, well-integrated tannins. Fresh and lightly savory, as well as fruity." - James Suckling, July 2021

 

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Anna Campbell
 
November 12, 2021 | Anna Campbell

92 Points in Wine Enthusiast

Fairsing Pinot Noir BottleOur 2019 Fairsing Vineyard Pinot Noir was awarded a 92 point score by Wine Enthusiast Magazine!

"Along with value-priced varietal wines, Elk Cove's sister winery offers limited-production single vineyard Pinots from non-estate sources. This fragrant wine opens with violets and raspberries and then moves into a spicy palate loaded with plums and blueberries. The acidity sparkles and pushes bright fruit flavors into a lingering finish. Given its screw cap seal, this wine should be decanted and will retain freshness for many years to come." - Paul Gregutt, Contributing Editor

This review published in the December, 2021 issue of the magazine.

Wine Enthusiast's 100-point wine-scoring scale:
98–100 – Classic. 94–97 – Superb. 90–93 – Excellent. 87–89 – Very good.

Learn more at winemag.com

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Anna Campbell
 
November 5, 2021 | Anna Campbell

2021 Pike Road Holiday Catalog

Pike Road is here to help you prepare for the holidays!

You can view our holiday offerings in our catalog and online shop, including a trio of our popular Rosés. These are fantastic holiday wines because they bring a merry and bright look to any table, plus a rosé pairs well with many traditional holiday dishes.

Whether you’re stocking your cellar in anticipation of company or sending a special gift, we’d be honored to be part of your celebrations. To help you send cheer, we’ve got flat-rate $10 shipping available on all orders now through December 16th.

Cheers a cozy and festive holiday season!

view catalog

Anna Campbell
 
September 14, 2021 | Anna Campbell

Our 2019 Chardonnay is awarded 90 Points & Editors' Choice by Wine Enthusiast Magazine!

Our 2019 Willamette Valley Chardonnay was awarded a 90 point score and an Editors' Choice designation by Wine Enthusiast Magazine! This follows a 91 point score in The Tasting Panel Magazine.

"This bright and fresh Chardonnay has a smooth, accessible mouthfeel, with light flavors of banana, pineapple and lemon meringue. There's a creamy note that coats the palate and lingers most pleasantly on the finish. Editors' Choice." - Paul Gregutt, Contributing Editor

This review published in the November, 2021 issue of the magazine.

Wine Enthusiast's 100-point wine-scoring scale:
98–100 – Classic. 94–97 – Superb. 90–93 – Excellent. 87–89 – Very good.

Learn more at winemag.com

Anna Campbell
 
June 24, 2021 | Anna Campbell

Corinne Wins Gold!

Our 2019 Corinne Pinot Noir won gold at the 2021 Sunset International Wine Competition with a 90 point score!

We're very pleased because this is our first vintage making a single vineyard Pinot Noir from Corinne Vineyard. Planted in 1989 by the original owners of Rex Hill, it is a truly unique 27-acre vineyard at the intersection of marine and volcanic soils. Tucked into the south side of the Chehalem Mountains, it is a warmer site for Pinot Noir, producing intense fruit, heady aromatics, and lots of structure. We source from two blocks on the estate, Block 2 and Block 8, on the volcanic east-side of the property with the site's signature "Anklebreaker" basalt rocks. Learn more about this vineyard here.

 

 

 

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Anna Campbell
 
June 20, 2021 | Anna Campbell

Our 2019 Chardonnay is awarded 91 points by Tasting Panel Magazine

Our 2019 Chardonnay was awarded 91 points by Tasting Panel Magazine and included in their DOWN THE AISLE SECTION:

"This Chardonnay shows keen acidity and an angular body, our definition of modern. Sourced from four Yamhill-Carlton AVA vineyards, this sister label to Elk Cove is a ray of sunshine. It shows just-juiced lemon, under-ripe pineapple and wet stone, which adds textural dimension and keep its dynamic."

Find more reviews and learn more at tastingpanelmag.com

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Anna Campbell
 
June 18, 2021 | Anna Campbell

Corinne Vineyard

Planted in 1989 by the original owners of Rex Hill, it is a truly unique 27-acre vineyard at the intersection of marine and volcanic soils. Tucked into the south side of the Chehalem Mountains, it is a warmer site for Pinot Noir, producing intense fruit, heady aromatics, and lots of structure. We source from two blocks on the estate, Block 2 and Block 8, on the volcanic east-side of the property with the site's signature "Anklebreaker" basalt rocks.

Originally part of the Kings Ridge/Jacobs-Hart property planted by Rex Hill in the late-80s, it's now owned by Cooper Mountain who recently purchased the 30-acre property from John Olenik. Under new ownership, they are transitioning to biodynamic farming which emphasizes the health of the vines, soil, and vineyard ecosystem.

Our winemakers Adam Campbell and Heather Perkin have been working with fruit from this incredible Pinot Noir site for well over a decade. They share an appreciation for the terroir which showcases diverse aspects and soils within a small area. Thin marine sediments like those found in the nearby Ribbon Ridge AVA dominate the westside of the site, while rocky volcanic soils are located on the warmer eastside.

Both of our Corinne blocks were planted in 2009 and are located on the rocky volcanic east side of the property – Block 2 (Pommard) & Block 8 (777). This vineyard is so distinctively rocky that it has been aptly nicknamed “Anklebreaker” by another winemaker. Under the vines are layers of irregular basalt rocks, remnants of an ancient landslide, that absorb heat during the day, extending the ripening into the evenings, and providing lovely structure and deep flavors to the wines.

Anna Campbell
 
January 21, 2021 | Anna Campbell

Top Scores in Tasting Panel Magazine

2020 was a banner year for Pike Road and sister winery Elk Cove in The Tasting Panel Magazine with three scores of 94 points and above for Elk Cove's Single Vineyard Pinot Noirs and two 93 point scores for Pike Road's Single Vineyard Pinot Noirs.

Pike Road Scores:

93 POINTS 2018 Meyer Vineyard Pinot NoirLush ruby color; smooth and rich, with deep and lively flavors of berries and tangy black cherry. Lovely notes of wood and earth lead to a vibrant and long finish. —Anthony Dias Blue

93 POINTS 2018 Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir: Ultra-smooth and velvety; lush, rich, and juicy with ripe cherry. Generous yet balanced, elegant, and long. —Anthony Dias Blue

 

 

A superstar in the world of Oregon Pinot Noir, Elk Cove Vineyards has been family-owned and -operated since 1974, when it was founded by Pat and Joe Campbell, multigenera-tional farmers who were among the first to recognize the state’s poten-tial as a growing region. Their 1978 Riesling, which earned gold medals at several tastings and competitions upon its release—including the Oregon State Fair and the Tri-Cities Wine Festival—was an early indicator of not only Elk Cove’s own rising status but also the promising future of Oregon’s wine industry. Forty-plus years later, Pat and Joe’s son, winemaker Adam Campbell, continues his parents’ tradition as the first producers of estate-grown, handcrafted cool-climate wines in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA; today, Elk Cove oversees  six vineyards totaling 380 planted acres. In 2016, the Campbells expanded even further, found- ing a sister winery, Pike Road, to produce affordable yet high-quality Willamette Valley wines.  In addition to sourcing from  Elk Cove’s estate vineyards, Pike Road partners with other small family-owned farms across four  of the region’s sub-AVAs, offer-ing consumers a glimpse of the diversity of soils, climates, and elevations that define its terroir. Meyer Vineyard in Dundee Hills, for example, is organically farmed at elevations of up to 800 feet, while Yamhill-Carlton’s Shea Vineyard uses sustainable practices to grow the highly allocated fruit it harvests from its 30-year-old vines. The resulting wines tell the story of both their place of origin and the people who live and work there. In short, the Campbells have long been committed to producing best-in-class cool-climate wines, and with the release of the stunners below, 2020 was another banner year for their legacy. —Rachel Burkons