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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.

 

2014 VINTAGE NOTES

We had great weather during bloom in early June leading to many large clusters on the vines. The potential to over crop was the real viticulture challenge of 2014. We learned from past vintages that dropping a significant number of clusters per vine near Veraison (berry color change) is required for truly focused, delicious wines. The summer brought us near a record number of 90-degree days. It’s often said that the vintage is made in the last couple weeks of harvest. Cold crisp night temperatures days before harvest brought amazing fruit flavors and acidity. Picking took place on September 15th.

 

WINEMAKING PROCESS

ROCO Pinot Noir is handpicked and then chilled overnight to 38°F in our large cold room. The chilled bunches are gently de-­stalked and the whole berries fall into small 1.6 ton open fermenters. 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 skins and fermenting juices. Ferments are allowed to reach about 28°C.  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 Malo-­lactic fermentation to soften the acidity and to add further complexity, then racked once to a 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.

 

WINEMAKER’S TASTING NOTES

“Everything you want from Stash and more. Beautiful multilayered 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

91 WINE ENTHUSIAST

93 WINE SPECTATOR

95 JAMES SUCKLING

94 INTERNATIONAL WINE REPORT

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

 

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., 12/2016

 

93 WINE SPECTATOR

"Focused, deftly balanced and expressive, offering red berry, cinnamon and floral flavors on a velvety frame, coming together harmoniously on the persistent finish." - H.S., 11/2016

 

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., 11/2016

 

94 INTERNATIONAL WINE REPORT

“Sourced from the Wits' End Vineyard, this wine shows off the wonderful intensity of the warm vintage. Needing extended air contact, this gorgeous Pinot Noir begins aromatics of red currants, black raspberry, wild blackberry and cardamom. There are vivid flavors of black tea, black raspberry liqueur, black cherry, wild mushroom and suggestions of creosote. This has wonderful mid-palate weight and a beautiful texture. This Pinot shows a great masculine side and maintains fantastic elegance with a rose petal edge on the finish. While delicious now, try to resist this gorgeous bottling for at least one more year. (Best 2018-2030)” – O.B., 02/2017 

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