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2016 RMS Brut Rosé

2016 RMS Brut Rosé
2016 RMS Brut Rosé


Having founded Oregon’s first sparkling wine production facility, Argyle Winery, it’s only natural that Rollin would bring his 30+ years of sparkling expertise to ROCO. After releasing ROCO’s first vintage RMS Brut three years ago, this vintage Brut Rosé is the next elegant step in ROCO’s sparkling wine program. 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.



Ripe but high acidity wine grapes of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are gently and slowly pressed. The heart juice of the grape berry is collected and fermented in small French Oak barrels to produce a tart still wine. Then, in late winter, this wine is given a small, precise amount of sugar with a sparkling wine yeast. Pushed into a capped Champagne bottle, a second fermentation ensues for about four weeks. The bottles of wine, yeast, and lots of bubbles are then aged in cool storage for 2.5 years. Next, the wine bottles are riddled, or shaken and turned upside down, causing the yeast residue to collect behind the crown cap for removal. Once the yeast is removed, or disgorged, a carefully calibrated “dose” of a few milliliters of a rich wine and sugar mix is added to each bottle prior to corking and wire basketing. The result is delicious sparkling wine. Cheers!



This growing season started with cool, wet spring weather, which created random, poor fruit set in some blocks. May and early June saw a few high heat spikes, but overall the summer’s warm, sunny weather kicked growth into gear. Then a cold, wet, “Alaska” front perked the vines up around the 17th of August. Refreshed fruit sailed into a beautiful fall harvest where growers and winemakers alike enjoyed a nice and steady pace of picking perfectly ripened wine grapes. The resulting wines are robust without losing that ROCO juicy-centered youthfullness.

ROCO's First Brut Rosé!


“The pink color of a Midsummer Night’s Dream English Rose is the first hint of a voluptuous RMS Brut Rosé. Her “perfume” tempts with ripe Pacific raspberries, rose petal, apple blossoms, and white peaches. The first sip of cool, fizzy goodness provides a crisp, refreshing fruit sweetness. Then, the wine flows toward a lovely middle palate of strawberry and ripe apricot with a balanced minerality of citrus lemon basil. Rounding out in the mouth is a yeasty spice and the slightest hint of red cranberry to create a long, long finish. This is a sexy, elegant Brut Rosé!” - Rollin Soles, winemaker





VarietalPinot Noir
Varietal Composition100% Pinot Noir
AppellationWillamette Valley AVA
Wine StyleBrut
Volume750 ml
Cases Produced142


“The ‘RMS’ Rosé Sparkling Wine is a limited production bottling by superstar winemaker, Rollin Soles, who first began making this style of Oregon sparkling wine in 1987. The nose is highly perfumed with red rose petal, guava puree, teaberry and melon tones that fill the aromatic profile. The palate is refined as there is a wonderful elegance and seamlessness to this beautiful Rosé Sparkling Wine. Red fruits and lighter earthy and citrus rind notes dance with the bright sense of minerality on the palate. While refined, this wine has some seriously good weight. A stunning wine that is truly one of the best of its kind, I can imagine this great bottling will cellar well for two decades. But why wait? Drink 2019-2035” - O.B., 04/2019
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