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ROCO 2010 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

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ROCO 2010 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley AVA.

ROCO 2010 Pinot Noir,
Willamette Valley AVA.

Essential Northwest Wine Report Card

ROCO

2010 Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley
$30

While 2010 proved to be one of the coolest of recent years in the Willamette Valley, it also proved that advances in viticulture coupled with winemaking experience meant that superb wines could be made in a vintage that 20 years ago might have been considered a disaster. This wine is a great example of the kind of fully-concentrated, balanced, and elegant pinot noir wines produced in the vintage.

Rollin Soles has long been a rock star Oregon winemaker. In 1987 he co-founded Argyle winery and has gone on to produce a long string of high-scoring sparkling, pinot noir, chardonnay, and riesling wines. In 2013, however, Rollin gave up his general manager post at Argyle to focus on his own brand: ROCO (though he continues as a consultant to Argyle).

This blend of pinot noir from his own Wits' End Vineyard in the Chehalem Mountains and Marsh Estate Vineyard in Yamhill-Carlton, is a vibrant, red fruit-focused and elegant pinot noir that reflects some of the best of the 2010 vintage.

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ROCO 2010 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 
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