2014 Roserock (Drouhin Oregon) Eola-Amity Hills Chardonnay (Previously $33)

SKU #1252216 95 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.  (11/2016)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 The first offering from Domaine Drouhin Oregon’s newly-minted vineyard, RoseRock. It’s a young, fresh, fruity wine, loaded with flavors of apple, pineapple and light tropical fruits. There’s a light pat of butter in the finish. Drink over the next couple of years while the freshness is at its best.  (8/2016)

K&L Notes

From famed Burgundian producer Joseph Drouhin's equally respected foray into Oregon winemaking. According the the Wine Spectator, "In late 2013, Domaine Drouhin added the 279-acre Roserock Vineyard in Eola-Amity Hills to its estate holdings in Dundee Hills. Tasted at the winery, a model blend for the 2014 Pinot Noir from Roserock shows beautiful aromatics against focused, crisp tannins. Yet winemaker Véronique Drouhin-Boss is even more excited about the vineyard's Chardonnay." (01/2016)

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Staff Image By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/8/2016 | Send Email
This is a delicious Chardonnay. It is dry, soft and clean, with pure fruit flavors. It is not dominated by oak and butter flavors. The Roserock is such a joy to drink and will go well with lighter foods or alone.

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.

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.


- 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.