Private Stash Pinot noir
94 Points for ROCO Private Stash 06
from Wine Spectator!
Wine Spectator's TOP 100 WINES OF THE YEAR lists have included wines made by Rollin Soles seven times - more than any other Oregon winemaker. Rollin is co-founder and winemaker for Argyle, one of Oregon's most successful wineries. ROCO is his personal wine, made for family, friends and YOU.
The 2006 ROCO wines are intense Pinot noirs with notes of blackberry, huckleberry and spice that show plenty of promise for cellaring through 2015. For the second year in a row, Private Stash received 94 points from Wine Spectator and Willamette Valley received 92 points!
ROCO Private Stash Pinot noir 06
150 cases made
Wine Spectator 94 points and "HOT WINE":
"Soft and fragrant, this is remarkable for its silky texture and seamless structure. Pretty strawberry and currant fruit pulse gently at the core, shading toward white pepper as the open-textured finish lingers elegantly. Drink now through 2015.". - H.S.
The 2005 ROCO Private Stash also received 94 points from Wine Spectator.
A Pinot expert's Pinot, Rollin Soles'(Argyle) personal vineyard, Wits End, provides the fruit for this Estate Pinot. Two Pinots are offered, this "Private Stash" being the wine he, until recently, only sold to family and friends.
Everything is just as it should be in this Pinot expert's wine - there's layered complexity of fruit, spice, acid, and tannins offering a constantly changing array of pleasing qualities, all essentially Pinot taken to its highest levels.
Scent is of sweet red raspberry, cherry, and currant, with tantalizing hints of toast, vanilla, and oak. Flavors: Sweet red and black berry and cherry feature throughout the experience of tasting the wine. Layers of different flavors waft through the fruit, including different cherries, red and black raspberry, currant, sandalwood incense, sweet spices, hints of sweet tobacco, and toasted espresso bean. The wine has the quality of feeling like it expands in the mouth, and it's mouthfeel is voluptuous and velvety.
Finish: As the wine opens, it offers more and more complexity of flavors and scents. In the finish, there are hints of anise, intense black fruit and berries, and barrel spice.
ROCO Pinot noir Willamette Valley 06
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.
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
First and foremost, this is a wine that screams "vineyard". It's clearly made from scrupulously perfect fruit, from a vineyard whose special qualities are understood and called for in the winemaking. Many of the most experienced winemakers say that Pinot noir is made in the vineyard...the trick is to not screw up what the fruit gives you. Rollin is clearly a master at determining the vineyard's special qualities and crafting a wine that emphasizes them.
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.
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