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

SKU #1252215 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)  (8/2017)

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)  (8/2016)

90 points Wine & Spirits

 This is the first release from Drouhin’s 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.  (8/2016)

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)

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Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/11/2018 | Send Email
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 Image By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/5/2018 | Send Email
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 Image By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/8/2016 | Send Email
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.

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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.
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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.
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Oregon

- 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 (%): 14.1