Roco "The Stalker" Pinot Noir Willamette Valley (2018)

Roco Winery
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SKU 899166002047
Stock 40
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Wine Type Red
Wine Variety Pinot Noir
Country USA
Region Oregon
Appellation Willamette Valley
Size 750ml

Winery's vintage notes: "The 2018 growing season felt more typical to California than the Willamette Valley due to a nearly record dry May that started the season. May saw six days at +79F, with an 89F thrown in for good sunny measure. We received less than an inch of rain in June, and none in August. July and August racked up a total of 10 days at +95F. September shifted into cold, cloudy Willamette Mode with lowered snow levels and a bit of rain. After a nice shot of rain in early October, ideal conditions prevailed from 10th to 22nd for beautiful Willamette ripening. The wines made are going have generous ripe fruit flavors, yet maintain balanced acidity due to our ability to give each vine a bit of moisture at the right moments of a grapevine’s season."

Winemaker's tasting notes: "Whoa Buddy, this is a whopper of a Willamette Valley Pinot Noir! The aged, brown stems really contributed to the aromas of this wine. Look for spices including vanilla, cinnamon, cocoa nibs, black licorice, with a touch of fennel leaf. The fruit portion is delicious cherry pie compote! Huge flavor impressions with rich, tannin grip texture await your taste buds. The 100% stem inclusion contributes so much complexity, we found dried tobacco leaf, burnt caramel /sugar(like the torched top of crème brulée), worn Corsican leather, caraway seed spices. Rich, ripe fruit includes blue berry and black cherry. The finish is forest floor earthy, with a hint of grape cluster stems balanced by rich fruit."

Wine Enthusiast: 92 Points “As the name suggests, this is fermented with stalks, not clusters, to ramp up the phenolics. The technique has been developed over the years to make it less intrusive and more complementary to the fruit. Here the tight cherry flavors are framed with accents of green hay, fennel and stem, which stiffen up the tannins. A light touch of maple syrup runs through the finish. It's a unique wine that will reward aeration.”

Wine Type:
Wine Variety:
Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley