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2014 Private Stash Pinot Noir

2014 Private Stash Pinot Noir
2014 Private Stash Pinot Noir

ABOUT PRIVATE STASH PINOT NOIR

ROCO's premier Pinot Noir, Private Stash is a numbered series of small production Pinot Noir sourced from a 2-acre plot on the Soles' private 21-acre vineyard. This complex Pinot offers layer upon layer of intense, silky, full-bodied flavor that is elegantly balanced. Derived from Rollin's special clonal propagation, 3A, otherwise called "the ROCO selection" these vines produce smaller than normal clusters of tightly packed berries. We hold that this wine will stand shoulder to shoulder with the finest Pinot Noirs from around the globe. The 2014 Stash is No. 12 in the production series that began in 2003.

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.

95 James Suckling

93 Wine Spectator

91 Wine Enthusiast

WINEMAKER TASTING NOTES

Everything you wanted from Stash and more. Beautiful multi-layered nose filled with anise, black currants and dried cherry. Gobs of intense dark fruit and mulberry flavors go up against an unmistakable savory/gravelly quality through the palate. This wine is absolutely hedonistic from start to finish. Beauty in a glass.

-Rollin Soles, Winemaker

Vintage2014
Varietal100% Pinot Noir
AppellationChehalem Mountains AVA
VineyardWits End Vineyard
Aging18 Months
Alcohol14.50%
Volume750 ml

95 James Suckling

"Very perfumed and beautiful with crushed strawberries, flowers and hints of custard. Full-bodied -- yet dense and agile at the same time. It shows wonderful depth and beauty. A layered and beautiful wine."- J.S., 11/16

93 Wine Spectator

"Focused, deftly balanced and expressive, offering red berry, cinnamon and floral flavors on a velvtly frame, coming together harmoniously on the persistent finish." -H.S., 11/16

91 Wine Enthusiast

"Sourced from the Wits' End (estate) vineyard, this is not a noticeable difference from the designated cuvée. Not that that's a bad thing-- the lively raspberry and strawberry fruit flavors (laced with highlights of orange peel) are consistent and crisply defined. There's a light touch of caramel running down the finish." -P.G., 12/16

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