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2016 Private Stash Pinot Noir

2016 Private Stash Pinot Noir
2016 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 2015 Stash is No. 13 in the production series that began in 2003. 

 


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.

 

 

Our Private Stash Pinot Noir is crafted each year from an exceptional 2-acre block of our Wits' End Vineyard and represents a small and special bottling each year.  The 2016 is lush and elegant and is sure to reward those who are willing to cellar this selection for at least 3-5 years.

Vintage2016
Varietal100% Pinot Noir
AppellationChehalem Mountains AVA
VineyardWits' End Vineyard
Aging18 Months
Alcohol14.50%
Volume750 ml
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