Mark Spivak of Palm Beach Illustrated recommends our wines and gives a lovely desciption of both our 2015 Pinot Gris and our 2014 Pinot Noir:
The nose of the 2015 Pike Road Pinot Gris ($15) offers enticing whiffs of citrus, peach, honeysuckle and spring flowers. In the mouth, the wine is crisp yet full, with rich flavors of stone fruits, lemon, lime and ripe melon. Mouth-watering acidity carries all these elements onto the finish.
The 2014 Pike Road Pinot Noir ($19) has a brilliant ruby color and aromas of freshly crushed red berries that jump from the glass. The wine is light to medium-bodied on entry, with good acidity and prickly fruit tannins. In the mid palate, the smooth texture contains flavors of strawberries, red raspberries and rhubarb, framed by earth notes and minerals. The wine is fresh and poised despite spending nearly one year in barrel, with the oak barely noticeable.
Both wines are perfect hot weather quaffs. Either would pair well with salmon, and the Pinot Noir would be a charm with grilled poultry and red meats. They both represent significant values in estate-grown wines from the Willamette Valley.
Mark Spivak is the author of Iconic Spirits: An Intoxicating History (Lyons Press, 2012) and Moonshine Nation (Lyons Press, 2014); his first novel, Friend of the Devil, is now available from Black Opal Books.