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January 21, 2021 | Reviews | 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

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