Roco Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2009
Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
This Pinot is leap out the glass good. The wine has a beautiful rich nose of blackberry pie fresh from the oven with maybe an edge of blueberry. In the mouth there is a velvety richness with bright red fruit flavors and a nudge of black pepper and exotic spices. The sweet berry center has a tad of vanilla or honey that heightens that central sweet spot and escorts the wine through a valley of subtle complexities that add to the melding of berry, earth and graveliness as it dances across your palate.
The Wine Advocate - "The 2009 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley offers up notes of cedar, spice box, rose petal, cherry, and raspberry. Velvety-textured, sweetly-fruited, and well-balanced..."
Wine Enthusiast - "A yummy new release from Roco, this seductive, satin-smooth wine marries flavors of cherry and chocolate, with a subtle underpinning of mineral. The finish brings in butterscotch and barrel notes, all choreographed into perfect harmony. Editors' Choice"
Wine Spectator - "A graceful style, bright and lively, with a gentle core of red berry, tea and spice flavors, lingering easily against firm tannins. Best from 2013 through 2017."
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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. View all Roco Wines
About Willamette ValleyView a map of Willamette Valley wineries (will-AAM-it)
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 typically plentiful, rainfall can occasionally be tricky, and the wines here vary vintage to vintage. Within the Willamette Valley are are number of sub-regions, including McMinnville, Dundee and Yamhill.
Notable FactsThe valley is known for its Pinots – Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. With a climate similar to Burgundy – in rainfall, sunlight hours and other climate factors – Pinot Noir has flourished here. Pinot Noir in Oregon produces wines that are fruit forward, yet complex, some with good agebility.
Other than Pinot Noir, many wineries grow Pinot Gris and Chardonnay. Pinot Gris from Oregon is delightful in its texture and food friendliness. Chardonnay in the valley adapts well to the cool climate and produces lean, elegant wines.
About OregonOregon has long been an agricultural state, producing everything from hazelnuts to cattle. The Willamette Valley in particular is a fertile basin for all sorts of produce. Not quite pegged as a wine state, in 1965, a UC Davis graduate named David Lett decided that the Willamette's climate mirrored that of Burgundy in France. With that in mind, he decided to plant some Pinot Noir clones to see how they did. And a good gamble it was. The Willamette is now one of the only regions in the world to focus solely on Pinot Noir as its red variety. Also known for Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. The southern part of Oregon has been slower in delving into the world wine market, but has been making excellent strides with their Rhone style varietals, like Syrah and Grenache. There are also coastal regions producing promising wines.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review4 }div>4.2 out of 5 stars
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12 ratings, 9 with reviewswalktard - Tahoe City, CA37/27/20133.553/16/2013
Loved, loved, loved this wine. Sad it is no longer available in this vintage and at such a good price. I may try the 2010 if it goes on sale.412/14/2012An above average pinot that has grown on me. Has the classic aspects of Willamette Valley.LTC Ret Big Al - San Ramon, CA312/6/2012
- Smooth & Supple
Fairly smooth and easy to drink. I had high hopes, huge aspirations and the like that a Willamette Valley Pinot Noir rated this high would have a deeper color and more body. The search goes on.312/1/2012
- Smooth & Supple
A bit on the thin side. Not interested in revisiting this.411/27/2012anthonyjiao - Arlington, VA59/27/201257/12/2012A very nice affordable Oregon Pinot. Good balance and length.Alain - Portland, OR56/25/2012
- Light & Fruity
Delicious! An Oregon pinot with a price affordable for every day sipping.winepattie - Mcminnville, OR46/20/2012Angeleen - Newberg, OR56/20/2012Such an outstanding wine for the price! Gorgeous, smooth and succulent.55/15/2012
- Smooth & Supple
very smooth and flavorful, the berries come across quite well, it has just a hint of sweetness and I didn't notice much if any spicyness at all but that is not a bad thing in this wine.
- Smooth & Supple
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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