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2008 ROCO Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.7% alc., 1,600 cases, $30, screw cap. Sourced from Wit’s End Vineyard and other vineyards all of which are certified sustainably farmed. This is the second vintage at Rollin Soles’ new winery located on a small rural farm property on the Willamette Valley floor at the northern foot of the Dundee Hills. The estate vineyards are located in the Chehalem Mountains. A tasting room and offices are being added, but the winery currently is open to the public only a few days a year. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Appealing scent of black cherries, red berries, cinnamon apple and sandalwood. Tasty melange of red berries and cherries with a hint of pomegranate. The wine is on the delicate side, but there is an impressive blast of cherry flavor in the mid palate, carrying over to the finish. Flavors build in intensity over time in the glass. Well proportioned tannins and acidity round out the wine. Even better the next day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle indicating further aging will enhance this wine. Very good. Reviewed January 27, 2011

Winery: ROCO Winery
From article: More Sips of 2008 Oregon Pinot Noir