2021 Marsh Estate 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.
The Spring start to 2021 was one of the driest on record. Heaps of sunshine and warmth gave us the prospect of a nice crop of winegrapes. Just as the clusters bloomed, we received a shot of cold, wet drizzle. The result was rather poor pollination, limiting a potentially large crop.
The Summer progressed normally until record heat hit us over the 25-28 July period. By plan, most of our vineyards are setup to drip irrigate if required. Watering vines a couple of days before the 25th seemed to allow the vines to “weather” the heat.
Harvest began with Sparkling and Pinot Nero Bianco on 31 August with great acidity and fruit flavor. Much of our chardonnay and pinot noir was harvested under sunny Fall skies. A refreshingly cold rain dropped snow down to 5500’ on the 19th and 28th which benefited our later ripening Pinots! The last day of harvest was October 14. Six weeks of picking and grinning!
The wines are delicious, do not lack for acidity, and due to our ability to drip irrigate vines and chill whole clusters at the winery, fruit expression is concentrated and fresh.
"This may be the most generous vintage yet for Marsh Estate Vineyard. Fruit aromatics leap out front with a whirlwind of lush raspberry, strawberry jam, red plum, black cherry to marionberry. With time in the glass, a ‘whirl' of cinnamon with a touch of black pepper further complex the senses.
On the palate, this is GENEROSITY +. A rich mouthfeel kicks in at the beginning and follows through to a very delicious finish. Black cherry fruit is super dense and long. Velvety molasses, rubbed sage, and black peppercorn prove that this wine hails from the Yamhill-Carlton AVA." - Rollin Soles, Winemaker
Wine Spectator - 92 points