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JS94: Super Stylish Chardonnay and Pinot from a Top Oregon Estate - 02/16/2018 - Pinot Noir (domestic)

We were excited to learn that Domaine Drouhin (one of our favorite producers in France and Oregon), decided to branch out further and set up new project in Oregon’s Eola-Amity Hills appellation. Given Drouhin’s reputation, we knew that the wines would beautifully blend an old world approach with new world fruit. The inaugural release of RoseRock is here, and much as we expected, the wines live up to the hype. When it comes to wines in the sub-$30 category, these are sure-fire winners on every level.This 2014 Pinot Noir and 2015 Chardonnay are a masterclass in precision, focus, and clarity. If you were to purchase Burgundies of this pedigree and quality, you’d easily pay double, making these tremendous values that shouldn’t be missed.

Often when a winery starts a new project, it takes a few years to find their legs, not so with RoseRock. As reviews and staff notes below will attest, they hit the ground running, earning high praise and big points. While we’ve always been impressed with the wines out Oregon, in the last few years we’ve seen a meteoric rise in quality. This coupled with the exceptional quality of the ‘14 and ‘15 vintages has resulted in some of the best wines we’ve ever had from the Pacific Northwest. This remarkable pair very much follow in that trajectory. Whether you are a fan of Burgundy or enjoy the fruit-driven charm of Oregon, you’ll find plenty here to love. Best of all, both are very well priced and count among the best values we have going.

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2015 Roserock (Drouhin Oregon) Eola-Amity Hills Chardonnay ($29.95)

94 points James Suckling: "A very pretty texture to this wine with cream and dried apples in addition to hints of lemons and limes. A medium to full body and soft yet bright acidity. Love this fabulous wine. Don't miss it." (12/2017)

94 points Vinous: "Pale yellow-gold. Intense, mineral-inflected orchard and pit fruit, lavender and buttered toast aromas are complicated by oyster shell, fennel and vanilla nuances. Concentrated yet nervy and light on its feet, offering palate-staining, oak-kissed pear nectar, Meyer lemon and candied ginger flavors underscored by a vein of smoky minerality. Shows superb energy and power on the floral-tinged finish, which hangs on with serious, mineral-driven tenacity. (JR)" (02/2018)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "This hits the palate with full force--a stylish effort that coats the tongue with lush stone fruit flavors, elevated with citrus-tinged acidity. A light touch of barrel toast frames the lovely fruit. Drink now through the mid-2020s. (PG)" (10/2017)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Harmonious and pretty, with grapefruit and passion fruit aromas and delicately rich and layered pear and spicy lees flavors that linger. Drink now through 2021. (TF)" (03/2018)

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 09, 2018

Fantastic, elegant, mineral intense, perfectly balanced Chardonnay. This feels like Premier Cru Chablis on the palate. Stone fruit, baked pear, and lemon barley meld into saline characters, flint and very subtle framing oak. A wine that is intense and precise but also expressive, soft and giving. Exceptional value given its Burgundian pedigree and maturity of the vines. Tasted on multiple occasions, each time as impressive as the last.

Staff ImageHeather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 05, 2018

One of the newest projects by Domaine Drouhin Oregon, is the Roserock wines. These wines come from a newer vineyard acquisition for Domaine Drouhin, but the vineyard itself is one of the oldest in the area. Planted back in the 1970's, this site now has fully mature vines and the quality of the fruit is fantastic. Combined with the passion and poise of the wine-making from Domaine Drouhin, the resultant wine is very dynamic. I'm a huge fan of this new label by Drouhin, and would highly recommend the wine to anyone looking for the best Oregon has to offer.

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2014 Roserock (Drouhin Oregon) Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir ($29.95)

94 points James Suckling: "This is the first vintage of this wine. Shows intensity and balanced and beautiful fruit. Medium-to full-bodied, silky and beautiful. A really velvety and round texture to this. Drink or hold." (11/2016)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Roserock Pinot Noir has a pale to medium ruby-purple color and nose of garrigue, bay leaves and underbrush over a core of Bing cherries and cranberries. Medium-bodied, with a taut frame of chewy tannins and a racy backbone, it has a lovely earthy/herbal lift in the mouth, continuing long into the finish. (LPB)" (08/2017)

90 points Vinous: "Deep red. Pungent aromas of cherry cola, blackberry and woodsmoke are lifted by lively floral and peppery spice qualities. Densely packed but lively on the palate, offering juicy dark berry and bitter cherry flavors and smooth, velvety texture. Opens up slowly with air, showing very good clarity and thrust on the long, spice-tinged, gently tannic finish. This 279-acre vineyard is a new project for Domaine Drouhin Oregon and these are the inaugural releases. (JR)" (08/2016)

90 points Wine & Spirits: "This is the first release from Drouhins new Roserock property in the southern Eola-Amity Hills, and its structure and tension makes it a fairly dramatic departure from the Dundee Hills. The flavors are elegant and vinous, with scents of raspberry and tree bark, its tense frame of minerality registering as textbook Eola-Amity Hills." (08/2016)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Broad and expressive, with cherry and pomegranate flavors, picking up pear and floral notes as the finish lingers against grippy tannins. Best from 2017 through 2024. (HS)" (10/2016)

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 11, 2018

Drouhin's "Roserock" project has the motto - "French Soul, Oregon Soil." To my mind this phrase sums up this wine perfectly. It truly does have elements of it's Burgundian heritage from being crafted by Véronique Drouhin, and yet the fruit speaks of Oregon through and through. Dark cherry notes, sage, briary, brambly elements. Deep and brooding but not in a heavy or ripe way. It has a super fine structure of silky tannins and beautiful balance. A dusting of earth and leaf litter in the finish with a lick of bright acidity harks back to Burgundy and adds a lovely layer of complexity. A very serious, expansive Pinot Noir for a stunningly affordable price point.

Staff ImageHeather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 05, 2018

One of the newest projects by Domaine Drouhin Oregon, is the Roserock wines. These wines come from a newer vineyard acquisition for Domaine Drouhin, but the vineyard itself is one of the oldest in the area. Planted back in the 1970's, this site now has fully mature vines and the quality of the fruit is fantastic. Combined with the passion and poise of the wine-making from Domaine Drouhin, the resultant wine is very dynamic. I'm a huge fan of this new label by Drouhin, and would highly recommend the wine to anyone looking for the best Oregon has to offer.

Staff ImageJeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 08, 2016

This is one of my favorite domestic Pinot Noirs . It is bright and lively with dark red fruit flavors.There is a beautiful balance and structure that help make this wine so flavorful. It will go well with salmon, pork or chicken.