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2015 Gravel Road Pinot Noir

2015 Gravel Road Pinot Noir
2015 Gravel Road Pinot Noir

ABOUT GRAVEL ROAD PINOT NOIR

The hills in the Willamette Valley are punctuated by gravel roads, which lead to the regions finest vineyards. ROCO’s Gravel Road Pinot Noir is a blend of several of these distinctive vineyards including the Soles’ own Wits’ End Vineyard. An outstanding value, the Gravel Road Pinot Noir flavor profile surpasses many other wineries flagship Pinot Noirs. The old world style offers bold flavor with balance and grace to pair well with nearly any food. 

 

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 malolactic fermentation to soften the acidity and to add further complexity, then racked once to a unique ratio of new to three-year-old, tight-grained, French oak barrels. The wines are aged in barrel for 18 or more months before bottling. 

2015 VINTAGE NOTES

This growing season was one of those warm, sunny experiences that we all desire in the often challenging Willamette Valley. Other than a spot of high temperatures, nearly the entirety of August punched in the 80’s with clear blue skies and virtually no precipitation occurred all summer long. On August 28-30th we received a refreshing 1.3 inches of rain, which perked up the vines, the acid bounced back and fruit flavors became livened once again. We were able to pick at optimum ripeness beginning around September 4th through September 23rd. 

 


93 James Suckling

90 Vinous

WINEMAKER TASTING NOTES:

A whopping, great big Bing cherry upon entry, which melds nicely into the mid-palate with hints of orange peel. Yet maintains a cool climate acidity backbone with notes of pipe tobacco. It begs you to pour another glass.

-Rollin Soles, Winemaker

New Release!

Vintage2015
Varietal100% Pinot Noir
AppellationWillamette Valley AVA
VineyardVitae Springs, Marsh Estate, Knudsen, Shea, Wapato & Wits End Vineyard
Aging18 + Months
Alcohol14.50%
Volume750 ml

93 James Suckling

“This pinot noir shows blueberries, raspberries, cherries and hints of hazelnuts. Medium body, velvety and ripe tannins and a beautiful and long finish. I like the finesse here. Delicious now.” -J. S., 12/17

 

90 Vinous

“Ruby-red. Cherry pit, cola, licorice and a peppery note on the deeply perfumed nose. Chewy and focused on the palate, offering bitter cherry and blackberry flavors that flesh out and become sweeter with aeration. Shows good heft and solid dark fruit thrust on the long, youthful tannic finish, which leaves mocha and cherry liqueur notes behind.” -J. R., 1/18 

 

 

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