Best Buy! The Campbell family and their longtime associate winemaker, Heather Perkin, began Pike Road Wines as they achieved their long-held dream of turning acclaimed Elk Cove Vineyards into a label that bottled only wines from estate vineyards. Chardonnay from Dr. Robert Matteri’s eponymous vineyard near Pike Road is among the handful of sites Perkin works with on this bottling, which includes lots that saw some new French oak for nine months. That reference to French oak seems unreal because the profile is remarkably tropical, bright and refreshing, bringing a blend of guava, Bosc pear, white peach and apricot that’s both aromatic and flavorful. While there are many examples of Chardonnay from the Willamette Valley that retail for more twice the price, few are as delicious. And downtown McMinnville is home to the new tasting room for Pike Road.
Rating: Outstanding! — 93 points
Production: 2,545 cases