2010 Roco "Marsh Vineyard" Yamhill-Carlton District Pinot Noir

SKU #1122978 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The Roco 2010 Pinot Noir Marsh reflects the first crop from a vineyard just west of the Dundee Hills in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA. A hauntingly bittersweet floral perfume mingles with scents of anise-tinged grenadine and red berry preserves that in turn inform a polished but finely tannic and brightly juicy palate. The liquid floral suggestions follow all the way through a sustained finish in which nut oils, high-toned herbal essences, and piquant cherry pit all accent a ripe red fruit foundation. This ought to be worth following for the better part of a decade.  (8/2012)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Bright and tangy, this is juicy with raspberry, strawberry and lime flower aromas and flavors, dancing through the delicate finish and lingering well. Ends with real polish and pizzazz. Drink now through 2018. 200 cases made.  (12/2012)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Deep red. Pungent aromas of cherry pit, sassafras and herbs, with a subtle touch of dried rose. A spicy, gently chewy midweight whose energetic red fruit preserve flavors gain weight with air. The long finish features lingering cherry and anise notes and firm grip. 90(+?) points.  (7/2012)

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Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/6/2013 | Send Email
The Roco Marsh Vineyard was the first wine that I tasted at our marathon domestic tasting, and one of the very best. Like many of the 2010 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir's this wine had great balance, but it also had an extremely rare characteristic in new world Pinot: delicacy. This is no "Cab lovers" Pinot. This very natural, seamless wine has a light body but deceptively intense flavors and a hauntingly complex finish. I can't wait to taste more from this talented producer!

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- Highly touted for its Pinot Noirs, Oregon is part of the up-and-coming winemaking industry in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Most of Oregon is directly affected by the climate coming off of the Pacific Ocean, giving it mild winters and wet summers. This makes it a difficult place to ripen grapes, but some say that the harder grapes have to struggle, the more complex they will turn out to be. Chardonnay and Pinot Gris are two important and successful grapes grown in Oregon.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5