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Special Price on an “Awe-Inspiring” 98-Point Pinot Noir - 02/28/2018 - Pinot Noir (domestic)

We’ve been more than impressed with all the wines from Domaine Drouhin’s new Roserock project, with the "Zéphirine" being one of our favorite Pinot Noir bottlings in the store. The fact that the 2015 recently nabbed a massive best-of-the-vintage 98-point mark is just icing on the cake. Hailing from a warm, generous vintage, this 2015 delivers everything we look for in a classic Oregon Pinot Noir. Expressive, concentrated, and bursting with fresh fruit flavors and wild herbs, it is a masterclass in focus, poise, and precision. It is an utter delight to drink, but what is equally striking is our special, pre-arrival price of $49.99. For a Pinot of this caliber and with such outstanding critical acclaim, you’d expect to pay over and and above $100, but remarkably we were able to secure it for a fraction of that price. Seasoned collectors of Oregon Pinot will definitely want to zero in on this treasure and for those looking to expand their horizons, the "Zéphirine" is an ideal launching point. Our last parcel of Roserock wines moved at a very impressive clip and given the sharp price and huge points, we expect much the same here. Drink or hold, either way you’ll be glad you purchased this amazing Pinot Noir while the sub-$50 price is still available.

2015 Roserock (Drouhin Oregon) "Zéphirine" Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir ($49.99)

98 points James Suckling: "Incredible aromas of chamomile, hibiscus, fruit tea, lavender, dried strawberries, cherries, lemons and light white chocolate. Medium-bodied but with crazily formed tannins that are like velvety strings and are surrounded by vivacious acidity. A phenomenal, awe-inspiring finish. An indisputably unique wine. Drink from 2020."

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Pale to medium ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Roserock Zéphirine Pinot Noir delivers notes of warm cherries, raspberry preserves and pomegranate with hints of lavender, rosemary and fallen leaves. Light to medium-bodied with a racy line of refreshing acid lifting the red berry flavors, it has soft, silky tannins and a long fruity finish. (LPB)" (08/2017)

93 points Vinous: "Brilliant red. Vibrant, spice-accented red fruit liqueur, floral pastille and incense aromas, along with an intense mineral topnote. Stains the palate with sweet raspberry and spicecake flavors that show impressive depth as well as delicacy and nervy cut. Silky, seamless and precise, finishing with outstanding energy and velvety, slow-building tannins that harmonize smoothly with the deep fruit. (JR)" (01/2018)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Still quite young and showing some grapey fruit flavors, this second vintage release is bursting with purple fruit and chocolate malt flavors. Streaks of cola and a mineral-drenched finish add depth and texture. (PG)" (10/2017)

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 28, 2018

A strikingly aromatic wine with exotic spices, bramble fruit, crushed raspberry, sandalwood, dried Porcini, wild thyme and freshly turned earth. On the palate the texture is luxurious and silky; it possesses considerable weight and has stunning clarity of fruit. The ultra-strict fruit selection and best that money can buy French oak has given this wine a very pure and polished expression and yet the more savory "umami" characters that make Pinot Noir so seductive linger beneath the lush, silky fruit. Accessible now with a decant but sure to go 10 years or more in the cellar if you're so inclined.

Staff ImageChristina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 27, 2018

Named aptly for the largest blooming, most fragrant climbing roses in horticulture, the Roserock "Zephirine" is intensely floral. With arresting wafts of violet, Bourbon roses, dusty black cherry and anise, this Drouhin beauty is as intoxicating as It's namesake. The palate is expansive and bright, with opulent flavors of damson plum, torched orange peel, allspice and black and white pepper. A pervasive, rocky minerality bolsters the suspension, and lends a freshness to the lasting, powerful finish. This is a wine that can easily be enjoyed now, but will continue to develop for over a decade.

Staff ImageJoe Bruno | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 27, 2018

Quite a lovely expression of Oregon Pinot Noir. This latest release from Roserock is from the 2015 vintage, a noticeably warmer year than typical. This lends the wine to expressing ripe aromas of raspberry, red cherries, and plum, along with a bouquet of tar, leather, and cola. Quite an elegant nose. On the palate, the ripeness of fruit comes through once more, with ripe red fruit flavors being expressed along with soft mid palate and silky tannins. A great expression of Oregon Pinot Noir and a fantastic entry into the regions wine for a California drinkers palate.