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2014 Marsh Estate Vineyard Chardonnay

2014 Marsh Estate Vineyard Chardonnay
2014 Marsh Estate Vineyard Chardonnay

2014 VINTAGE NOTES

The 2014 growing season started out beautifully and stayed that way to the end. The gentle warm weather allowed the grape flowers to pollenate in large numbers resulting in many grape clusters. The summer was dry and sunny but ended in some rain. These cold rain events at the end of August and mid September were very welcomed. The precipitation perked the vines up delivering extraordinary fruit. The fruit was harvested from September 11th to October 5th. The sparkling wine grapse showed ripe fruit and high acidity.

 

WINEMAKING PROCESS

ROCO Chardonnay is handpicked and then chilled overnight at 38 degrees fahrenheit in a large storage room. The chilled bunches are then pressed and the juice is sent to a tank. After settling in tank, the juice is inoculated and racked to neutral oak where it completes fermentation. After primary fermentation is complete, the young wine goes through malolactic fermentation in order to soften the acidity and to add further complexity. Next, the wines are racked to different barrels approximately 15-20% new and 80% neutral French oak. There they rest for at least five months before bottling. 

93 Wine Enthusiast

91 Wine Spectator

WINEMAKER TASTING NOTES

Some of the greatest Chardonnays in the world express a lovely floral aroma when young and this Marsh Estate has this rare characteristic. There are profound notes of Bosc pear blossom alongside fresh rose petal with a hint of chamomile on the nose. The palate is electric with a refreshing acidity framed by a citrus lemon crème and the promise of nectarine and honeycomb in its age worthy fruture. This wine has a combination of depth and finesse with a lively finish.

-Rollin Soles, Winemaker

Vintage2014
Varietal100% Chardonnay
AppellationYamhill-Carlton AVA
VineyardMarsh Estate Vineyard
Aging10+ Months
Alcohol13.50%
Volume750 ml

93 Wine Enthusiast 

"Amoug an excellent trio of Chardonnays from ROCO, this is the spicy one, with sof and supple tree fruits, a touch of citrus and more. The complexities pile on, suggestions of melon and cottom candy, and that lovely sweet spice." - P.G., 2/16

 

91 Wine Spectator

"Bright and tangy, with lively apple and pear flavors on a sleek frame, persisting on a snappy finish that doesn't quit." -H.S., 2/16

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