2014 Roserock (Drouhin Oregon) Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir
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. A Chardonnay is also being made and the wines are reflective of the DDO style, with solid backbones and the requisite structure for aging. Unsurprisingly, they show their Burgundian roots, with complex aromatic character that leans toward the savory without coming off too wild. (JR)
A new effort from DDO, this drops Domaine Drouhin from the name, and puts the vineyard name front and center. It’s young and well-crafted, with strawberry and cherry fruit. The potential is evident for an impressive site once the vines get some age under them.
According to the winery "Roserock is an extraordinary vineyard at the southern tip of the Eola-Amity Hills, in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Ancient volcanic soils, an ideal elevation range and the unique cooling effect of the Van Duzer corridor produce classic cool-climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Roserock is LIVE-certified sustainable. Our Roserock Pinot Noir is a cuvée selection from the estate’s 35 blocks, which are handpicked, sorted and individually fermented. While Pinot Noirs from the Eola-Amity Hills are typically known for their structure and power, Véronique Drouhin emphasizes Roserock’s elegant and refined qualities, making for a delicious and ageworthy cuvée. Our 2014 Roserock Pinot Noir has a lovely, deep red color. The nose is floral, spicy and beautiful, with an intense, savory, character. On the palate, there are notes of dark berry preserves, a touch of caramel, black cherry, dried flowers, and tilled earth. There is clear structure and balance, with good mouth weight and a long finish."