ROCO Pinot noir 07
2006 Vintage Tasting Notes
The ROCO Pinot noir 2006's deep garnet color signals the full flavored berry essence of this wine. The nose reveals deep rich plum, cherry and a hint 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 mid-palate, the rich fruit flavors begin to meld with a touch of spice, revealing hibiscus, bergamot, and vanilla. This wine is full balanced, and has firm structure and a mellow, loving finish. - the winery
Wine Spectator - 92 points - Supple, silky and remarkably open textured, this just glows with beautiful plum, currant and a hint of lime in the background, delicately framed with oak. The fruit wins in the end, and this lingers for days. Drink now through 2016. - H.S.
2006 Tanzer - 90 points - Deep red. Seductive perfume of red and dark berry preserves, Asian spices, anise and dried rose. Medium-bodied black raspberry and candied cherry flavors stain the palate, complemented by floral pastille and cinnamon qualities. The spiciness builds on the finish, which is pure, focused and very long. This is a side project of Rollin Soles, Argyle's winemaker, and his wife Corby."
2005 Vintage Tasting Notes
This wine is a blend of the winemaker's favorite Willamette Valley Pinot Vineyards including his own Wit's End Vineyard. Tasted early, this wine already is a winner. During the cool extended fall of 2005 Rollin had the advantage of more than two decades of Oregon wine making to handle this especially cold, wet vintage. The wine is dark, smooth and full of rich berry flavors with wonderful cool climate Pinot Noir characteristics.
2005 Wine Spectator 92 Points - Smooth, velvety and generous with its black cherry and sage flavors, wrapped nicely in a soft cloak of fine tannins as the finish rolls on. Has presence and grace. Drink now through 2012. - H.S.
2005 Wine Advocate - 92 points - The 2005 Pinot Noir is a blend of several vineyards. It offers an excellent nose of pain grille, cinnamon, rose petal, cassis, and black cherry. This leads to a rich, layered wine with more baby fat than is typical in 2005. The wine has lots of guts, with plenty of depth, concentration, and a long, pure finish. Cellar it for 3-5 years and drink it through 2025. - Jay Miller
2004 Vintage Tasting Notes
The private wine label of Argyle winemaker Rollin Soles. Fruit from his Wits' End Vineyard. With Argyle producing tens of thousands of cases of excellent wine, here's our chance to try a more individual project, Rollin's personal take on Pinot noir. Very limited.
Rolin says:"In the nose I immediately get hints of vanilla, spice and rosemary while the mouth reveals a juicy powerhouse with firm tannins. All this is mellowed by the flavors of toasted blackberries and warm cream. The cream dissipates and the mouth opens as the wine aerates." Corby says:"Up front I smell toasted almonds and field ripened blackberries. There is also a hint of lavender and violets. In the mouth I get sinfully rich dark chocolate and blackberry creme Brule flavors. There is a port-like intensity that has essence of black cherries."
ROCO is made exclusively from the Soles family "Wits' End" Vineyard.
The Soles' small Wits' End Vineyard is situated on the southern slopes of the Chehalem Mountain Range, approximately six miles from the small town of Newberg in Yamhill County. The site is superbly located. In the winter the Chehalem Mountains protect the vineyard from the northeast Arctic winds, and in the summer the Dundee Hills (to the south) transition the Pacific Ocean winds into gentle afternoon breezes.
The vineyard was planted to a high plant density (2,800 vines per acre) on devigorated rootstocks with what Rollin considers "the three sexiest Dijon Pinot Noir clones available". Further, the vineyard is enhanced by the unusual presence of two, year-round springs. The private, cloistered nature and tranquility of the site flows into the essence of the wine. From this seven-acre vineyard the Soles' produce a limited wine allocation for their family and friends, but sell a small amount to true Pinot lovers each year.