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

SKU #1348071 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)  (8/2017)

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)  (1/2018)

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)

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Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/28/2018 | Send Email
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 Image By: Christina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/27/2018 | Send Email
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 Image By: Joe Bruno | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/27/2018 | Send Email
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 region’s wine for a California drinker’s palate.

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Varietal:

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.
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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.