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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Classic Wit's End spice and complexity is the hallmark of this 08 Private Stash. There are full luscious, red velvet pinot flavors on the palate. One can't ignore the rich red berriness of this wine with sides of vanilla, tender spices and cinnamon. Extremely creamy, luscious blackberry flavors, with firm tannins and a lingering finish. No need to reach for flavor nuances here…this is true Pinot perfection with complexity, balance and staying power. Stash this away.
"Light on its feet, sailing its pretty plum and currant flavors into a refined cloud of fragile tannins. The finish lingers evocatively. This feels elegant on the surface, but has a swagger underneath. Drink now through 2020. 150 cases made."
"The 2008 Pinot Noir Private Stash is a bit more deeply colored, displays greater depth and concentration, and has enough structure to blossom for another 3-4 years. Mouth-filling and succulent, this lengthy, pleasure-bent effort will offer a drinking window extending from 2013 to 2023. "
The Wine Advocate
Rollin and Corby Soles planted their small Wits' End Vineyard, located on the southwest slope of the Chehalem Mountains, in 2001. Two years later they produced their first vintage, four barrels of the 2003 Private Stash Pinot Noir. They were so delighted with the wine that they decided to produce two separate ROCO Pinot Noirs each vintage: the Private Stash and Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. Rollin brings more than twenty years of Oregon winemaking experience, a passion for Pinot Noir and insistence on the highest winemaking standards to this private family venture.
Named for the river that runs through the valley from Portland to Eugene, Willamette Valley is home to some of the best Pinot Noir vineyards in the Northwest. While along the same north/south line as Seattle, the Willamette Valley is protected from Pacific rains by the Coast Range on the western border and the Cascade Ranges to the east. Though sunshine is...Read More About Willamette Valley
Pinot Noir(PEE-noh nwahr)
Pinot Noir is a finicky grape. It only grows in
the right climate, with the right soils and the right care. Perhaps because
it is so difficult is why it is so loved. Pinot Noir hails from Burgundy, a region known for crafting the most collectible and sought-after wines from this varietal.
Not only does Pinot reign in Burgundy, it is also...Read More About Pinot Noir
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