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2015 Marsh Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir

2015 Marsh Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir
2015 Marsh Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir

ABOUT THE MARSH ESTATE PINOT NOIR

Since 2010, ROCO has produced some of our juiciest and fresh fruited Pinot Noirs from this low elevation jewel located in the eastern portion of the Yamhill-Carlton AVA. Tucked just west of the Dundee Hills, Marsh Estate Vineyard starts at a 250ft elevation and ascends steeply to a peak elevation of 320ft at the end of an exposed ridge line. This exposure ensures maximum sunlight, and combined with soil derived from marine sandstone, gives the wine an intense real cherry and raspberry front with a black pepper finish. A collectible wine that is drinkable now, but can lay down for a number of years.

 


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. 

 


94 James Suckling

93 Vinous

90 Wine Enthusiast

90 Wine Spectator

WINEMAKER TASTING NOTES

Lifted, complex scents of cassis, cardamom and ripe, dark cherry fill your nose. Seared strawberry and gooseberry play off cola and coffee spice. This wine is playful, yet seamless and robust with lively acidity throughout the very long finish. 

-Rollin Soles, Winemaker

New Release!

Vintage2015
Varietal100% Pinot Noir
AppellationYamhill-Carlton AVA
VineyardMarsh Estate Vineyard
Aging18 Months
Alcohol14.50%
Volume750 ml

94 James Suckling

"A ripe pinot noir that shows strawberries, blueberries and hints of yogurt and cedar. Medium to full body, firm tannins and a fresh finish.  I like the structure here. Delicious now. Better in two or three years but already impressive. " -J.S., 1/18

93 Vinous

"Dark red. Expressive aromas of raspberry, dried cherry, candied flowers and spicecake, lent vivacity by a minerally nuance. Silky, focused and energetic on the palate, offering intense red berry and bitter cherry flavors and a suave rose pastille quality. The very long, red-fruit-driven finish shows impressive tension and smooth tannins that sneak in late." -J.R., 10/17

90 Wine Enthusiast

"This tightly wound wine offers firm purple fruit flavors, along with a touch of sweet berries. There's ample acidity and a slightly chalky finish." -P.G., 10/17

90 Wine Spectator

"A distinctive style, well-built and framed by refined tannins, this offers blueberry, cherry, sassafras tea and spice notes, with an appealingly minerally, earthy accent. Best after 2018." T.F., 10/17

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