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2016 Gravel Road Pinot Noir

2016 Gravel Road Pinot Noir
2016 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.

 


WINEMAKER TASTING NOTES:

Layers of aromas include black cherry and currants shifting toward sour cherry and

red cherry, intermingled with spiced aromatics of German Chocolate Cake and black

pepper overlaying a foundation of fresh, fall forest floor earth.

New Release!

Vintage2016
Varietal100% Pinot Noir
AppellationWillamette Valley AVA
VineyardWits" End Marsh Estate, Russell Grooter and HopewellVineyard
Aging18 + Months
Alcohol14.50%
Volume750 ml
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