2014 Pike Road Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1264805 90 points Wine Enthusiast

 This new sister label from Elk Cove offers 100% Willamette Valley Pinot Noir at an everyday price. Fresh cranberry and raspberry fruit is framed by herb-tinged tannins. The immaculate craftsmanship and clean direct flavors are light years beyond budget Pinot Noir from most other regions. This is your perfect salmon wine. *Editors' Choice* (PG)  (8/2016)

Wine & Spirits

 This wine’s scents of cola spice and red cherry take on a pipe-tobacco spiciness with air. The wine’s plush cherry flavor lasts in a texture that’s gripping and firm.  (8/2016)

Wine Spectator

 Light-footed, this is redolent of red cherry, cinnamon and wet earth character on a deftly wrought frame, lingering with delicacy. Best from 2018 through 2022. 9,000 cases made. (HS, Web-2016)

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Staff Image By: Jim Boyce | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/5/2017 | Send Email
This is one heck of a second label! Sourced from neighbors and their own estate vineyards, there is some high end fruit packed into this sub-$18 bottle. Bright red fruit, fresh picked herbs, and just enough oak shows on this seamless, easy drinking Pinot. It is a no brainer for the midweek meal or any get together!
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Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/4/2017 | Send Email
Visited the immaculate, breathtaking Elk Cove vineyards in Willamette Valley a few years back, and combined with the hospitality and personable charm of winemaker Adam Campbell, I was struck by the brilliant quality and artistry of their top estate wines. Fortunately they created a second label in 2014 that has proven to be one of our best-selling domestic Pinot Noirs— a bright, exuberant and friendly blend of estate and sourced fruit that will appeal to anyone seeking a smooth, effortlessly enjoyable Pinot with with impeccable flavor and plenty of red-fruited charm on the well-rounded, polished finish. A welcome delight, and priced just right.
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Staff Image By: Ivan Diaz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/2/2017 | Send Email
One of my favorite Oregon producers, Elk Cove, makes the Pike Road Pinot Noir as a second, super affordable label, and it happens to be one of the best values in the store. In a world where good Pinot is almost impossible to find under $20, the Pike Road is here to provide all the elegant red fruits, tea leaves, fresh herbs, and round, integrated acidity typically found in bottles twice the price. Pair with your next herb-crusted pork loin or salmon.

Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/22/2016 | Send Email
Fans of the great wines of Elk Cove will love this bargain priced bottle they source from estate and purchased fruit. This has the balance, complexity and finesse you expect from this overachieving property but at less than half the price of their single vineyard offerings. Serious bang for the buck here.

Staff Image By: Lilia McIntosh | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/11/2016 | Send Email
This is for sure on the best wines for Thanksgiving dinner and for everyone who loves Oregon Pinot Noir. Extremely silky smooth and juicy. This wine glides on your palate with an ease and lingers on the finish for a long time. Lush black cherry and raspberry fruit are complemented by notes of cocoa.

Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/8/2016 | Send Email
The Pike Road captures the essence of Willamette Valley but also provides an inviting and polished red-fruited awesomeness. This is easily one of the best buys in Pinot right now from anywhere!

Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/8/2016 | Send Email
A new value priced label from the good folks at Elk Cove Vineyards. A mix of estate and purchased fruit with the idea of providing honest Willamette Valley Pinot Noir at an affordable price. 2014 was a perfect choice for an inaugural vintage, with near ideal growing conditions and a large crop of ripe fruit. A seamless integration of fruit and oak with plenty of bright red fruits, tart cherry, cranberry and raspberry. Lightly spicy with good balance and structure. Soft and round and forward in style. Just pop (or twist!) and pour.

Staff Image By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/23/2016 | Send Email
One of the best Pinot Noirs in stock under $20! Pike Road Pinot Noir is made by Elk Cove, and bears many similarities to their Willamette Valley bottling, though with a lighter, fresher style. Elegant red berry fruit bursts pleasantly on the palate, with clean, fresh acidity and fine-grained tannin lending structure to the whole. Eminently easy-drinking and versatile, this may well be your next go-to Pinot!

Staff Image By: Kelsey McNellis | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/16/2016 | Send Email
Great everyday drinking Pinot that is a second label to the well known Elk Cove producer. Made with 100% Willamette Valley grapes this wine has more structure and acid than your average California Pinot. It has cranberry flavors on the pallet and the nose and an herbal finish. A excellent value wine for week night dinners or for your next BBQ!

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Varietal:

Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
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United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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Oregon

- Highly touted for its Pinot Noirs, Oregon is part of the up-and-coming winemaking industry in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Most of Oregon is directly affected by the climate coming off of the Pacific Ocean, giving it mild winters and wet summers. This makes it a difficult place to ripen grapes, but some say that the harder grapes have to struggle, the more complex they will turn out to be. Chardonnay and Pinot Gris are two important and successful grapes grown in Oregon.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5