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2013 RMS Sparkling Wine (spring disgorgement)

2013 RMS Sparkling Wine (spring disgorgement)
Willamette Valley AVA

91 Cellar Selection  Wine Enthusiast

91  Wine Spectator

9.3  Vivino

Martha Stewart Holiday Pick

Seattle Times Top 50 Wines of 2016

Winemaker Tasting Notes:

A stunning bouquet of Bosc pear, stone fruit, Brioche and Crème Fraiche highlighted by notes of white grapefruit and nectarine on the palate. The mouth-feel is a rich, creamy texture riding on a bracing and mouth-watering acidity followed by an enduringly long finish.

- Rollin Soles, Winemaker

Other notes

Winemaker’s Vintage Notes

We experienced quite a bit of sunshine in the spring but the weather became cool and wet in mid June making it difficult to determine when the midpoint of bloom occurred. We had the fruit set the 3rd week of June which led to a late October harvest. The rest of summer was just about record dry with a normal shot of rain in early September that helped dry vines go through Veraison.  September 21st, the tables turned as wet, monsoon-like conditions lasted until the 27th.  ROCO brought in fruit for our white and sparkling wines prior to the 22nd and the majority of our red fruit in by the 27th.  The fruit came in with surprising cleanliness due to our non-complacent farming methods. These are the kind of wines I came here to make.

Vintage2013
Varietal67% Pinot Noir & 33% Chardonnay
AppellationWillamette Valley AVA
Alcohol12.50%
Volume750 ml

91 Cellar Selection  Wine Enthusiast

"This ambitious debut from Argyle's founding winemaker is the first sparkling wine to be released under his own Roco label. Rollin Michael Soles crafted this classic blend of two-thirds Pinot Noir and one third Chardonnay from three Willamette Valley vineyards. It's a young, tart wine that's still a bit leesy, with precisely defined apple and citrus fruit. Retasted after being open for 24 hours it had just begun to expand and reveal the promise locked away in the bottle." P.G., 10/16

91  Wine Spectator

"Bright and charming, with pear, floral and baking bread aromas and flavors that remain sleek and bracing through the generous finish." H.S., 11/16

9.3,  Vivino

"This is a brilliant wine. The RMS Willamette Valley Brut 2013 is ROCO’s first sparkling wine, a new release, it’s a perfectly-poised blend of 67% Pinot Noir and 33% Chardonnay that fairly blossoms in the glass; red berries, pear, and apricot vie for dominance, floating above this, spice, white flowers, freshly laundered linen. That same yin-yang tension is on the palate, it’s all at once nimble and delicate, yet there is power too. The finish deserves praise, yeasty bread and mouthwatering, saline crispness." C.H., 6/16


 

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