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Anna Campbell
 
April 29, 2020 | Anna Campbell

Xander Taryn Vineyard - A Hidden Gem

Xander Taryn Vineyard is surrounded on all sides by trees

We get fruit from some super-star vineyards of the Willamette Valley - well-established names and reputations like Shea, Temperance Hill, and Zenith. Winemakers love to work with these benchmark sites, but sometimes the real fun is the discovery of something relatively unknown and being on the cutting edge of something new. Xander Taryn Vineyard is one of these emerging young vineyards. 

Neatly tucked into the hills on the north side of the Chehalem Mountains AVA, owner Donna Knight and her husband purchased the beautiful property above Sherwood in 2004. It was Donna’s long-term dream to build a thriving urban winery and tasting room. They broke ground on a small 7-acre vineyard in 2012, and Donna named it for their two eldest children – Xander & Taryn.

Vineyard Consultant Evan Bellingar

Serendipitous for Pike Road, winemaker Adam Campbell was on the search for vineyards to start up his new Pike Road project in 2015, just as this young vineyard came on-line with its first crop of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Adam knew first-hand the quality of fruit from this section of the Chehalem Mountains because his Five Mountain Vineyard is just a few miles away.  Both vineyards share the same precious Laurelwood (wind-blown loess) soil and Adam knew the farming talent of vineyard consultant Evan Bellingar (left).

On a gray summer afternoon, Evan walked us through the 7-year-old vines of this hidden gem, sharing with us his passion for farming the site. After attending Oregon State University, he’s been blessed to work with many of the best pinot noir sites in Oregon as Director of Vineyard Management with Results Partners. We could feel his excitement for this unique site and its future as the vines dig deeper into the volcanic bedrock. Evan absolutely loves farming the vineyard’s shallow Laurelwood soil, finding they restrict excessive vigor (green growth) yet hold enough water during the summer to keep the vines healthy. This perfect balance of stress in the vineyard translates to healthy, concentrated grapes, and great wines.

On our walk he pointed out the small BB-sized pisolites around the base of the vines, only found in older Loess soils (see photo to the right.) These structures originate from magnesium and iron in the silt blown onto hillsides from the strong winds of the Columbia Gorge. Over thousands of years, the minerals weather into balls anywhere from the size of a grain of sand to the size of a pea. The magnesium content may help to de-vigor the vines.pisolites on the soil surace

Walking this vineyard, it feels like you’ve entered a secret garden. Being completely surrounded by large conifer trees and big-leaf maples creates a unique feel and micro-climate. Situated at 600 feet of elevation, the vineyard is at the mid-slope “sweet-spot” found between 400-700 feet where Pinot Noir finds ample heat during the day along with cool nights. As we walked, Evan noted the subtle northern tilt to the vineyard’s slope as a potential benefit in the warmer years we're experiencing in our changing climate.

We get fruit from two specific blocks at Xander Taryn of Dijon 777 and Pommard clones of Pinot Noir. Both clones are favorites of local winemakers, including our own, with Dijon 777 bringing impressive body, texture, and aromatics, while Pommard is known for adding that classic Oregon typicity of fruit and spices. As fun and interesting as single-clone wines are, often the best Pinot Noirs are made by blending multiple clones, with each clone bringing a unique character and subtlety to the final blend. 

Tasting the wines from this special site screams Pinot Noir grown on Laurelwood soils. We've made two single-vineyard wines from Xander-Taryn Vineyard, which is rare for such a young vineyard. Both releases have shown an impressive concentration of ripe blueberry fruit and exotic spices (signatures of the soil type.) The 2016 vintage has a bit more delicacy and elegance to it, while the new 2018 release is a slightly bolder expression with a more savory/meaty edge to it. 

Evan loves the early returns and sees a bright future for this young vineyard site. As the quality of Willamette Valley wines gains more of the limelight, these under-the-radar vineyards are going to be harder and harder to find. It’s a good problem to have, but if you’ve experienced our 2016 and newly-released 2018 Xander Taryn Pinot Noir, you’ll know secret spots like this will soon be discovered.

Cheers,

-Dane Campbell | Certified Sommelier & Certified Specialist of Wine | Pike Road Retail Wine Director

Dane & Evan walking Xander-Taryn's southern edge

Time Posted: Apr 29, 2020 at 2:05 PM Permalink to Xander Taryn Vineyard - A Hidden Gem Permalink
Anna Campbell
 
April 16, 2020 | Anna Campbell

93 points - 2018 Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir

Shea Vineyard

Shea Vineyard in Yamhill, Oregon

Prestigious wine reviewer Anthony Dias Blue has awarded our 2018 Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir 93 points:
"Medium ruby color with bright cherry nose; fresh, silky-textured and showing fresh fruit and graceful style; a stylish example of what this famous vineyard can produce in competent hands" - Anthony Dias Blue

These reviews may stand alone or be accompanied by tasting notes in either Tasting Panel Magazine or the Somm Journal.

THE TASTING PANEL's Editor-in-Chief, Anthony Dias Blue, is the recipient of a 2001 James Beard Foundation Award. His wine reviews are featured in Tasting Panel Magazine, the Somm Journal, at bluelifestyle.com and on the "Blue Lifestyle Minute" radio program.

The Tasting Panel magazine is the most widely circulated trade publication in the beverage industry.

Anna Campbell
 
April 16, 2020 | Anna Campbell

93 points - 2018 Meyer Vineyard Pinot Noir

Prestigious wine reviewer Anthony Dias Blue has awarded our 2018 Meyer Vineyard Pinot Noir 93 points:
"Lush ruby color; smooth, juicy and rich with deep and lively berry fruit, tangy black cherry and lovely flavors of wood and earth, juicy and long." - Anthony Dias Blue

These reviews may stand alone or be accompanied by tasting notes in either Tasting Panel Magazine or the Somm Journal.

THE TASTING PANEL's Editor-in-Chief, Anthony Dias Blue, is the recipient of a 2001 James Beard Foundation Award. His wine reviews are featured in Tasting Panel Magazine, the Somm Journal, at bluelifestyle.com and on the "Blue Lifestyle Minute" radio program.

The Tasting Panel magazine is the most widely circulated trade publication in the beverage industry.

Anna Campbell
 
April 16, 2020 | Anna Campbell

92 Points - 2018 Xander Taryn Pinot Noir

Xander Taryn Vineyard

Xander Taryn Vineyard

Prestigious wine reviewer Anthony Dias Blue has awarded our 2018 Xander Taryn Pinot Noir 92 points:

"Deep, rich ruby color, spicy nose; lush and juicy with black cherry fruit and rich flavors; tangy and intense, long." - Anthony Dias Blue

These reviews may stand alone or be accompanied by tasting notes in either Tasting Panel Magazine or the Somm Journal.

THE TASTING PANEL's Editor-in-Chief, Anthony Dias Blue, is the recipient of a 2001 James Beard Foundation Award. His wine reviews are featured in Tasting Panel Magazine, the Somm Journal, at bluelifestyle.com and on the "Blue Lifestyle Minute" radio program.

The Tasting Panel magazine is the most widely circulated trade publication in the beverage industry.

Anna Campbell
 
April 16, 2020 | Anna Campbell

90 Points - 2018 Pinot Noir

Prestigious wine reviewer Anthony Dias Blue has awarded our 2018 Pinot Noir 90 points:

"Deep ruby color, soft cherry nose; smooth-textured, silky, juicy cherry, tangy and long.​​​​​​​" - Anthony Dias Blue

These reviews may stand alone or be accompanied by tasting notes in either Tasting Panel Magazine or the Somm Journal.

THE TASTING PANEL's Editor-in-Chief, Anthony Dias Blue, is the recipient of a 2001 James Beard Foundation Award. His wine reviews are featured in Tasting Panel Magazine, the Somm Journal, at bluelifestyle.com and on the "Blue Lifestyle Minute" radio program.

The Tasting Panel magazine is the most widely circulated trade publication in the beverage industry.

Time Posted: Apr 16, 2020 at 5:24 PM Permalink to 90 Points - 2018 Pinot Noir Permalink
Anna Campbell
 
April 16, 2020 | Anna Campbell

91 Points - 2019 Pinot Gris

Anthony Dias Blue of Tasting Panel Magazine and Blue Lifestyle has awarded our  2019 Pinot Gris 91 points:
"Ripe nose, fresh and juicy with clean, racy style; tangy and balanced, long and smooth." - Anthony Dias Blue

These reviews may stand alone or be accompanied by tasting notes in either Tasting Panel Magazine or the Somm Journal.

THE TASTING PANEL's Editor-in-Chief, Anthony Dias Blue, is the recipient of a 2001 James Beard Foundation Award. His wine reviews are featured in Tasting Panel Magazine, the Somm Journal, at bluelifestyle.com and on the "Blue Lifestyle Minute" radio program.

The Tasting Panel magazine is the most widely circulated trade publication in the beverage industry.

Anna Campbell
 
March 16, 2020 | Anna Campbell

Hooray for Chardonnay! A Global Guide to the World's Best Chardonnays

Hooray for Chardonnay: A Global Guide to the World’s Best Bottles

Wine Enthusiast Magazine has "highlighted the best Chardonnay-producing regions and top pours across a scale of stylistic preferences and site expressions to help you home in on the ones you’ll enjoy most. So, what are you waiting for? Forget the days of the ABC (anything but Chardonnay) and embrace your next glass of liquid gold."

What do they say about Oregon's place in the world of Chard? "...as a much-lauded producer of world-class Pinot Noir, why can’t Burgundy’s iconic white wine grape also thrive in Oregon? In fact, it does"

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Among the best bottles of white Burgundy, Napa Chard and Australian favorites, there is a lovely selection of Oregon Chardonnays, including our own $18/bottle Pike Road Chardonnay, an absolute steal for a wine awarded 91 points & Editors' Choice and among the world's best chardonnays!

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This is a richly fruity wine, with apple, pear and kiwi flavors in abundance. It softens up on the midpalate, with a spicy cinnamon kick through the finish. The length, balance and big fruit flavors are impressive. PAUL GREGUTT

 

Anna Campbell
 
February 19, 2020 | Anna Campbell

2018 Xander Taryn - 92 Points

Our 2018 Xander Taryn Pinot Noir was awarded 92 points by James Suckling:

"Earthy aromas here with a savory layer of dry stones and wood, cast across fine, red-fruit aromas. The palate has impressive purity and the fine-grained tannins really appeal. Long and balanced. Drink or hold." - James Suckling

JamesSuckling.com uses a 100-point scale, with 90 points or more being outstanding. "It’s a wine I want to drink a glass of and is an outstanding purchase." - James Suckling 

This review was published 01/30/2020 at www.jamessuckling.com

Time Posted: Feb 19, 2020 at 2:20 PM Permalink to 2018 Xander Taryn - 92 Points Permalink
Anna Campbell
 
February 11, 2020 | Anna Campbell

2018 Temperance Hill Pinot Noir - 92 Points

Our 2018 Temperance Hill Pinot Noir was awarded 92 points by James Suckling:

"Impressive depth to the nose with ripe red cherries and mixed berries, as well as fine, spicy complexity. The palate has ample fruit flesh and a very focused delivery of red cherries, wrapped in fine tannins. Elegant and long. Drink or hold." - James Suckling

JamesSuckling.com uses a 100-point scale, with 90 points or more being outstanding. "It’s a wine I want to drink a glass of and is an outstanding purchase." - James Suckling 

This review was published 01/30/2020 at www.jamessuckling.com

Time Posted: Feb 11, 2020 at 2:06 PM Permalink to 2018 Temperance Hill Pinot Noir - 92 Points Permalink
Anna Campbell
 
February 4, 2020 | Anna Campbell

2018 Shea Pinot Noir - 92 Points

Our 2018 Shea Pinot Noir was awarded 92 points by James Suckling:

"Very seductive aromas of rose-like red flowers lead the nose. Wet stones and red fruits, too. The palate has a very plush and attractively ripe core of fleshy cherries and a smoothly cast finish that holds really fresh. Drink or hold." - James Suckling

JamesSuckling.com uses a 100-point scale, with 90 points or more being outstanding. "It’s a wine I want to drink a glass of and is an outstanding purchase." - James Suckling 

This review was published 01/30/2020 at www.jamessuckling.com

Time Posted: Feb 4, 2020 at 1:58 PM Permalink to 2018 Shea Pinot Noir - 92 Points Permalink