Lush and creamy on the palate, this complex wine boasts flavors of slightly mossy, decaying cedar, molasses, damp earth and leather, all wrapped around a bright core of red berry. Supple and lasting on the finish. Drink now–2020.— J.C.
Pikes’ reserve-level Riesling is one to seek out. It has hints of fresh green herb interspersed with layers and layers of stony, minerally flavors. The wine is intense and has lively acidity and a long, smooth finish. 180 cases produced. Imported by USA Wine West.— D.T.
Great for a noodle or pasta-based salad, or spicy ethnic dishes. The more sips you take of this Clare Riesling, the more intense it seems to get. Its starts off slow, with muted minerality, and blossoms in the glass to reveal peach, nectarine and pink grapefruit flavors. Dry, but still unctuous, with a lingering…— D.T.
Floral on the nose, this captures Viognier’s elusive fragrance in a peachy, spiced wine that’s plump but not overly heavy.— J.C.
Here’s proof that Pikes can make more than just a good Riesling. This red is over half Shiraz, with equal parts Grenache and Mourvèdre. The cool-climate fruit has cherry and mint nuances; the body is feminine but sinewy, and quite classy, reserved but still flavorful.— D.T.
The White Mullet is an innovative blend of 70% Riesling, 11% Viognier, 10% Chenin Blanc and 9% Sauvignon Blanc. The result is fragrant with hints of orange zest and pineapple, and moderately mouthfilling without ever seeming overly soft. Simultaneously crisp, luscious and long on the finish, it’s a solid value.— J.C.
Five years after the vintage, this is a fully mature Shiraz that shows off the Clare Valley’s trademark acidity. Savory notes of bacon and spice add complexity to plum-like fruit, while the tannins are supple—the structure here is acid-based, not reliant on heavy extraction.— J.C.
From a reliable Clare Valley producer, Pikes 2006 Dry Riesling appears to be an ageworthy effort, boasting plenty of crisp intensity. Lime, grapefruit and green apple notes are classic Riesling markers, ending long and mouthwatering. Drink now–2016, possibly beyond. Imported by USA Wine West.— J.C.