2017 Marsh Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir
ABOUT MARSH ESTATE PINOT NOIR
Since 2010, ROCO has produced some of our juiciest and fresh-fruited Pinot Noirs from this low elevation jewel estate, located in the eastern portion of the Yamhill-Carlton AVA. Tucked just west of the Dundee Hills, Marsh Estate Vineyard starts at a 250ft elevation and ascends steeply to a peak elevation of 320ft at the end of an exposed ridge line. This exposure ensures maximum sunlight, and combined with soil derived from marine sandstone, gives the wine an intense real cherry and raspberry front with a black pepper finish. A collectible wine that is drinkable now, but can lay down for a number of years.
2017 VINTAGE NOTES
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.
WINEMAKER’S TASTING NOTES
"So stunning, this wine begins with the scent of violets and black cassis chased by cinnamon sticks essences. Tipping the glass you’ll discover deep, sweet, red cherry flavors that burst onto the palate. This is the biggest, boldest Marsh Pinot we’ve yet produced. It has hints of edible floral notes that include hibiscus flowers, violets and light summer rose petals tipped in soft white pepper. The deeper palate offers black peppercorn and vanilla in a full mouth celebration that is rich and round with a purple, velvety opulence. #givemethis." - Rollin Soles, Winemaker
93 International Wine Report
93 James Suckling
92 Wine Enthusiast
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