ROCO Willamete Valley AVA Pinot Noir 2011, Winemaker Rollin Soles
Wine Spectator: 90 Points *** Wine Advocate: 91 Points
Winemaker, Rollin Soles was here to pour his wines in person. To be honest, sometimes you feel a little obligated to buy a few bottles when the winemaker has made the trip to Asheville! Not so in this case. It was more like we were pleading for more bottles! This Pinot Noir is a smooth oeprator. Lush, beautiful, complex, cherries and violets on the nose and palate, well blended. I realize that those are all the standard operating wine terms but, in this case, the description is more than true. The label is a replica of a petroglyph located in the Columbia River Gorge.
About the winemaker from www.rocowinery.com: America's premiere Pinot Noir growing region. Now, with more than three decades of winemaking under his belt, Rollin produces some of Oregon's top Pinot noirs, Chardonnays, and Sparkling wines. As a result, his wines have been listed in Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of the World twelve times (but who's counting?).
Rollin's private winery, ROCO, began in 2003 with 100 cases of Private Stash Pinot Noir from his estate vineyard in the Chehalem Mountains. Along with his wife, Corby, they built their new winery in 2009 and added a tasting room in 2012.Since their first Stash, ROCO has been served in the White House, praised by Robert Parker, the Wine Enthusiast, and most recently received a 95 score from the Wine Spectator.
Still, Rollin feels passionately that there is much to learn and achieve in his art."If the wine was made in the vineyard, as many claim, then there wouldn't be much reason for me to keep honing my craft. For me, great wine is the compilation of nature nurtured, and a personal vision and desire to finesse the juice to reveal its best. That's why I'm still pursuing the grape. Wine is a revelator." ~ Rollin Soles, Winemaker/Proprietor
Winery Tasting notes from www.rocowinery.com: Can’t fault this wine for its color. It is deep ruby garnet in tone. The nose reminds you of cherry pie and vanilla ice cream. The deep red fruit flavors prevail along with a hint of rich Nubian leather and possibly plum and cherry preserve. There’s also a shake of white pepper in the back palate with a plump finish that continues to roll around your mouth smiling.