2007 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Winemaker's Vintage Notes
The 2006 vintage was the warmest growing season Oregon had experienced since 1992. By mid May, the temperatures were already creeping up into the 90s and remained in the 80s-90s through much of September. Phenomenal! ROCO's Wits' End vineyard sits on the southwest-facing slope of the Chehalem Mountains and catches the cool evening breezes coming in from the Oregon coast, offering relief from the hot days. Great weather tricked the vines into setting a big crop. Not to be fooled, we removed 50% of the crop in early August to further concentrate the finished wine.
While there was a short week of drizzle in early September that threatened to ruin a perfect crop - we were fortunate enough to harvest the grapes at their perfection the day before the rains fell. ROCO was picked on September 16 at peak flavor, ripeness and bright sunshine conditions.
The grapes are hand harvested and chilled to 35°F before they are destemmed and placed in small, open-topped fermenters. Whole berry, cold macerated prior to vigorous fermentation and post ferment maceration. Wine is pressed into French oak barrels for malo-lacic fermentation. Eighteen months of barrel age later, the wine is bottled, packed and off to light up your palate.
Winemaker's Tasting Notes
"The deep red garnet color signals the full flavored berry essence of this wine. The nose reveals deep rich plum, cherry, and with an essence of cobblestone and spice. In the mouth, the texture is smooth and fills the palate with deep plum, boysenberry, and Bing cherry juiciness. In the middle of the mouth the rich fruit flavors begin to meld with a touch of spice revealing hibiscus, bergamot and vanilla. The wine is full, balanced with firm structure and a mellow, loving finish." -Rollin Soles, Winemaker
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