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2015 RMS Sparkling Wine

2015 RMS Sparkling Wine
2015 RMS Sparkling Wine

ABOUT THE RMS BRUT

In 1987, when all other Willamette Valley wine producers were focused on Pinot Noir, Rollin Soles had a different vision. He believed that Oregon was the best place in North America to grow cool climate grapes for sparkling wine. After making wine at Petaluma Winery in Australia, Rollin moved to Oregon and founded Argyle Winery, the state’s first sparkling wine production facility.

During his 27+ years with Argyle, Rollin crafted some of the most highly acclaimed New World sparkling wines, which made Wine Spectator’s Top 100 wines three times, proof that he has mastered the sophisticated craft of fine Methòde Champenoise. Rollin’s vision has become a reality as the world continues to discover that the Willamette Valley’s cool, maritime climate is indeed ideally suited to world-class sparkling wine production.

 

THE METHODE CHAMPENOISE PROCESS

This labor-intensive process creates the very best Champagne and high-quality sparkling wines around the world. The wine undergoes a secondary fermentation in bottle creating those signature small bubbles. The process starts with the addition of a liqueur de tirage (a wine solution of sugar and yeast) to a bottle of still wine. This triggers that second fermentation inside the bottle which produces carbon dioxide and lees, or spent yeast cells, which collect at the neck during the riddling process. After an extended time on lees, the bottles are disgorged and the lees is replaced with a solution of wine and sugar, which gives sparkling wine its sweetness.

 

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.

 

WINEMAKER’S TASTING NOTES

“Seamless flavor has become an RMS Brut Hallmark.  Complex fruit mix of plum, red skinned apple, and yellow cherry is lifted upon bracing citrus acidity.  Aromas of cherry, and Anjou pear are framed by vanilla spiced, shortbread-like yeastiness. Despite high acidity, the mid-palate has a beautiful creamy, vanilla, and cracked yeast impression.  Sit back and savor the very long, fresh finish, another RMS Hallmark.” - Rollin Soles, Winemaker

94 INTERNATIONAL WINE REPORT

93 WINE ENTHUSIAST (EDITORS' CHOICE)

91 WINE SPECTATOR

91 JAMES SUCKLING

 


Vintage2015
VarietalPinot Noir & Chardonnay
Varietal Composition70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay
AppellationWillamette Valley AVA
Alcohol12.50%
Wine StyleBrut
Volume750 ml
Cases Produced120 Cases Disgorged

94 INTERNAIONAL WINE REPORT

The 2015 ROCO ‘RMS’ is a sterling blend of 70% Pinot Noir with the remainder Chardonnay. This beautiful wine saw some extended bottle aging before disgorgement. Coming from this warm vintage in the Willamette Valley, the wine shows a bright bouquet of baked apple, kumquat and sourdough bread that all line the slightly saline laced nose. The palate shows really good range and complexity which makes it simply irresistible in its youth. The bright acidity and saline edge combine with gorgeous citrus zest and Japanese pear flavors that all mingle once in the mouth. Another stunning success, this beautiful wine has a long journey left in the cellar. Drink 2019-2034” - O.B. 04/2019

 

93 WINE ENTHUSIAST (EDITORS' CHOICE)

“The blend is 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay, within spitting distance of the 2014 cuvée. Made in the traditional méthode Champenoise, it's a savvy, sexy bottle of bubbly. Lightly candied fruit flavors of orange peel, pineapple and poached pear penetrate deeply into the palate, with a fine bead and a burst of toast.” – P.G., 12/1/2018

 

91 WINE SPECTATOR

“Polished and sleek, with rich apple and citrus flavors accented by notes of toasted nuts and spice. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Drink now. 120 cases made.” –T.F., 12/10/2018

 

91 JAMES SUCKLING

“This has all the hallmarks of a bottle-matured fizz and delivers plenty of red cherries and spiced strawberries with a flavorful, rich and nicely poised finish. A blend of 70 per cent pinot noir and 30 per cent chardonnay. Drink now.” – J.S., 11/30/2018

 

THE WASHINGTON POST

"This is a splurge-worthy sparkling wine from Rollin Soles (the RMS of the wine's name), the winemaker who established Argyle as Oregon's leading bubbly producer before launching his own winery. The RMS Brut is bright, fruity and complex, with its structure suggesting it will age well, if you can keep your mitts off it." – D.M., 11/2017

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