2017 Private Stash Pinot Noir
ABOUT PRIVATE STASH PINOT NOIR
ROCO’s premier Pinot Noir, Private Stash is a numbered series of small production Pinot Noir sourced from a 2-acre plot on the Soles’ private 21-acre vineyard. This complex Pinot offers layer upon layer of intense, silky, full-bodied flavor that is elegantly balanced. Derived from Rollin’s special clonal propagation, 3A, otherwise called “the ROCO selection” these vines produce smaller than normal clusters of tightly packed berries. We hold that this wine will stand shoulder to shoulder with the finest Pinot Noirs from around the globe. The 2015 Stash is No. 13 in the production series that began in 2003.
ROCO Pinot Noir is handpicked and then chilled overnight to 38°F in our large cold room. The chilled bunches are gently de-stalked and the whole berries fall into small 1.6 ton open fermenters. The berries soak for ten days before beginning ferment with our proprietary, house-cultured indigenous wine yeast. Soaking allows gentle extraction of color and flavor from the berry skin, and not the bitter-tasting seeds. The fermentations are hand punched twice a day to mix skins and fermenting juices. Ferments are allowed to reach about 28°C. A post-fermentation soak occurs until the wine is just right for removing from the skins and seeds. At that time the ferment is gently pressed in our modern tank press. The young wine is sent to barrel for malolactic fermentation to soften the acidity and to add further complexity, then racked once to a unique ratio of new to three-year-old, tight-grained, French oak barrels. The wines are aged in barrel for 18 or more months before bottling.
WINEMAKER’S TASTING NOTES
"The aromatics are a Roman Candle of concentrated black raspberry fruit with a spice selection that includes nutmeg-like Christmas spices, and paprika. The flavor opens with a crescendo of mouthwatering tannin, borne on a pillow of velvety mouth-feel. This is an "everything" Pinot that shifts over time. Right now, it expresses blackberry with a hint of caramelized blood orange accented with terroir driven mulled spices and bergamot. The finish is one that shifts shape with a quantum effect on time.” -Rollin Soles, Winemaker
94 Washington Wine Blog - "This is the 15th edition of this limited edition wine made by legendary Oregon producer Rollin Soles. The nose is exceedingly good ranging from black truffle shavings and peat moss to wild blackberry and suggestions of red currant jelly that all mingle together on the nose. The palate has a seamless quality that effortlessly glides, reveling a range of red fruit flavors alongside bright minerals, orange zest and damp earthy tones. While this is seriously good now, the 'Private Stash No. 15' will cellar well over the next ten to fifteen years." Owen Bargreen, March 2020
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