Why We Love It:
The hills in the Willamette Valley are punctuated by gravel roads, which lead to the regions finest vineyards. ROCO’s Gravel Road Pinot Noir is a blend of several of these distinctive vineyards including the Soles’ own Wits’ End Vineyard in the Chehalem Mountains AVA.
Oregon’s 2018 growing season was more typical to California than the Willamette Valley due to a nearly record dry May that started the season. This Pinot noir has a surprising expression of red fruit, especially given the blacker fruits usually associated with a warm growing season like 2018. Pronounced aromas of rhubarb/ strawberry, juicy red plum, and black raspberry fruit is layered with allspice with a bit of cinnamon stick spice. Bright, zippy fruit of strawberry /rhubarb tartlet, red to black plum lifts upon a raft of delicious, poised tannin.
Recipes & Food Pairings:
A fabulous value and exceptional example of the potential of Pinot Noir grown in Oregon’s Willamette Valley – this red has the ability to pair perfectly with both finer dishes as well as elevating humble, casual and unpretentious fare. Here are a few of our favourite food pairing ideas:
Muffaletta Pizza – RECIPE
Truffled Porchetta – RECIPE
Mint Julep Marinated Lamb Chops – RECIPE
Case Pack: 12 x 750mL
GRAPES: 100% Pinot Noir
CELLAR POTENTIAL: Now to 2028
SERVING TEMPERATURE: 16°C to 18°C
“Tightly focused, this offers polish and structure, with layered raspberry and cherry flavors, laced with stony mineral and green tea notes and finishing with refined tannins. Drink now through 2028.”
91 out of 100 Points