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2017 The Stalker Pinot Noir

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Wine Profile
Vintage 2017
Varietal 100% Pinot Noir
Appellation Willamette Valley
Vineyard Wits' End Vineyard
Aging 18 Months
Alcohol % 14.50
Volume 750ml

2017 The Stalker Pinot Noir

Willamette Valley AVA


The Stalker Pinot Noir is a unique wine. The fermentation style was developed by ROCO’s owner/winemaker, Rollin Soles in a quest to develop deeper, richer flavors in a Pinot noir without adding heavy, over–the-top green tannins. The name refers to Rollin’s time in Australia, where they call the grape stems ‘stalks’. The label features Rollin being “stalked” by our logo, the Thunderbird. It was designed by his wife and co-owner, Corby Stonebraker-Soles and was carved into a wood block before being printed.



Hand picked Pinot noir grapes are chilled overnight to 40F. The next day, whole berries are de-stemmed into small 1.6 tons fermenters for a 10-Day cold soak. During this cold soak, 100% of the stems that were removed are collected and separately aged for 7 days under inert gas. Then the aged stalks/stems are hand punched into the cold grape berry fermenters, kicking off the fermentation. They are punched down twice a day until end of fermentation. The grapes are then gently pressed and the juice is transferred to French oak barrels and matured for 18 months before bottling. Removing the stems is a paramount step, since traditional whole cluster fermentation does not ensure fully ripe stems. 100% de-stemmedd then 100% re-stemmed after seven days aging!




The 2017 vintage was completely different from the precious three years when vintners harvested their grapes earlier than normal. The wet, cool spring delayed flowering until late June, setting the stage for a later harvest. Hot, dry conditions prevailed through the summer and fruit set was higher than average requiring thinning to ensure incredible wines. There is a fresh fruit component and complexity that emerges to the forefront in the wines. 



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