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2014 Knudsen Vineyards Pinot Noir

2014 Knudsen Vineyards Pinot Noir
2014 Knudsen Vineyards Pinot Noir

ABOUT KNUDSEN VINEYARDS PINOT NOIR

One of the oldest plantings in the Willamette Valley, Knudsen Vineyards was planted by Cal Knudsen in 1971 and is still owned by the Knudsen family. These vineyards sit atop the world famous Dundee Hills AVA at 800ft of elevation and are entirely red clay Jory soils. ROCO is one of a few wineries able to source this amazing fruit due to Rollin's long-standing relationship with the Knudsen family, dating back to his days with Argyle winery. The ROCO Knudsen Vineyards Pinot Noir represets a distinct departure from the normal Pinot Noir flavor profile of the Dundee Hills. It's bold and darker fruited than most Dundee Hill wines. Knudsen Vineyards produce strong, dark fruit flavors with spice notes on the front and mid-palate and a distinct minerality on the finish that is unique to ROCO Pinot Noirs. This wine showcases the nuance and variation of the Willamette Valley!

WINEMAKING PROCESS

ROCO Pinot Noir is handpicked and then chilled overnight to 38 degrees fahrenheit in our large cold room. The chilled bunches are gently de--stalked and the whole berries fall into smal 1.6 ton open frementers. The berries soak for ten days before beginning ferment with our proprietary, house--cultured indigenous wine yeast. Soaking allows gentle extraction of color and flavor from the berry skin, and not the bitter-tasting seeds. The fermentations are hand punched twice a day to mix the skins and fermenting juices. Ferments are allowed to reach about 28 degrees celsius. A post-fermentation soak occurs until the wine is just right for removing from the skins and seeds. At that time the ferment is gently pressed in our modern tank press. The young wine is sent to barrel for malolactic fermentation to soften the acidity and to add further complexity, than racked once to mix of new and three-year-old, tight-grained, French oak barrels. The wines are aged in barrel for 18 or more months before bottling.

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.

92 Wine Enthusiast

91 Wine Spectator

WINEMAKER TASTING NOTES

Nose filed with black cherry and Klamath plum compote, hnts of ginger, sassafras and green peppercorn. Plush, mouth-filling fresh blueberry and blueberry preserves on the mid-palate. Wet stone and earthiness with a lengthy finish and seamlesss textual quality throughout this wine.

-Rollin Soles, Winemaker

Vintage2014
Varietal100% Pinot Noir
AppellationDundee Hills AVA
VineyardKnudsen Vineyards
Aging18+ Months
Alcohol14.50%
Volume750 ml

92 Wine Enthusiast

"This classic vineyard delivers the goodies- ripe, round and quite pretty flavors of raspberry and cherry fruit, with orange peel highlights. The tangy acidity keeps it lively and the lengh suggests that it will drink well through the mid-2020s." -P.G., 12/16

91 Wine Spectator

"Supple and expressive, with rich cherry, red plum and spice flavors that play against polished tannins and push into a long and generous orange peel-tinged finish. Drink now through 2024." -H.S., 02/17

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