2017 PINOT NOIR
VINEYARD | Wits’ end
APPELLATION | chehalem mountains
WINEMAKER | Rollin Soles
HARVEST DATE | SEPTEMBER 29, 2017
BOTTLING | march 2019
ALCOHOL | 14.5%
PRODUCTION | 60 bottles / 5 cases
Deep, nutty aromatics jump quickly to a wild blackberry patch at the edge of the deciduous forest. Upon first sip, sweet wild blackberries, tobacco and black currants tease your palate. The black fruit flavor profile wows your senses with tightly wound, evocative tannins that produce a juicy sphere of sweetness in a casing of chewy tannins and tobacco that ends with a booming finish. This fruit is sourced from ROCO’s estate vineyard, Wits’ End, in the Chehalem Mountains. Rollin grew up in Texas. He has made wine in the Willamette Valley for 32 years, founding the prestigious Argyle and ROCO Wineries.
ROCO owner/winemaker Rollin Soles was raised in Texas, where he received a degree in microbiology at Texas A&M. His college buddies, musicians Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen, report that they taught Rollin to ride, rope and shoot but gave up on singing lessons. Thus, Rollin completed his masters in enology at UC Davis, and made wine in Switzerland, Australia, California and Washington before deciding to hang his hat in Oregon. Still his Texas roots and friendships remain strong and his cowboy hats total nine. ROCO was founded in 2003 when its first Private Stash Pinot Noir was produced.