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Date:December 14, 2015

2013 ROCO The Stalker Pinot noir

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2013 ROCO The Stalker Pinot noir2013 ROCO The Stalker Pinot noir

Willamette Valley AVA
Oregon

R

ollin Soles has played a significant role in shaping the wine culture of the Willamette Valley. He’s been making wine for over 30 years in Oregon, with a 25 year stint as Argyle Wine’s winemaker. In 2001 Rollin planted his own vineyard, Wits’ End and, in 2013 he left Argyle in order to devote all his attention to his own winery.

This Pinot noir is a combination of fruit from the Wits’ End vineyard, located in the Chehalem Mountains sub AVA, as well as from Marsh Vineyards, in the Yamhill-Carlton sub AVA. Rollin alluded to using some pretty unique winemaking methods for this wine before aging it for 18 months.

On the nose we detected raspberry jam, cherries, eucalyptus and mocha-chocolate notes while we swirled our glasses. Once we took a sip, we were rewarded with some flavors uncommon in most Willamette Valley Pinot noirs. At first sip we tasted a medley of summer berries and tart cranberries with high acid levels. But on our second sip, the flavors deepened into more earthy notes of pencil lead, mocha and nutmeg with a long, memorable finish. The name is fitting– this wine does stalk your palate and your mind.

This wine would be great paired with a turkey dinner, vegetable ragu served over a garlic polenta or a cedar-plank grilled salmon.

SRP $50.

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  1. Bill Volckening Reply

    Must try! I have met one or two stalkers, and the wine sounds much more enjoyable. The bottle looks like a keeper, too.

    • Michele Francisco
      Michele Francisco Reply

      Thanks for the chuckle Bill!

  2. Rachel Lloyd Reply

    I keep hearing people talk about this wine/winery I think it’s time to try it! I am loving your series on 12 Wines. Such great info! Thanks for sharing.

    • Michele Francisco
      Michele Francisco Reply

      Thanks Rachel! We’ve still got 10 more wines in the series so visit again tomorrow and the next day and the day after…

  3. Catherine Reply

    I absolutely love this wine label. The art would make it a great gift, too, even beyond the delicious taste!

    • Michele Francisco
      Michele Francisco Reply

      Catherine- you are so right!

  4. Marlynn @ UrbanBlissLife Reply

    Now I am hungry and thirsty – this all sounds delicious together! Interesting how the wine starts off tasting like summer then moves into fall. I’ll have to try this one!

    • Michele Francisco
      Michele Francisco Reply

      We agree Marlynn and think you’ll love it!

  5. Melissa Reply

    Sounds like a wine for the holidays.

    • Michele Francisco
      Michele Francisco Reply

      It really is Melissa!

  6. Mary Reply

    Yum. I love this wine! Shoot, I love all of Roco’s wines. And now you have me craving polenta and salmon!

    • Michele Francisco
      Michele Francisco Reply

      LOL Mary! Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Dawne Reply

    I have not run across this one yet during my tasting tour of the valley but sounds wonderful. Love earthy options.

    http://Www.dawnehanks.com

    • Michele Francisco
      Michele Francisco Reply

      Dawne- ROCO Winery is at the north end of Dundee, not too far off the 99, with a nice tasting room surrounded by grapevines. I think you’ll really enjoy your visit!

  8. Erin @ Platings and Pairings Reply

    Sounds like a lovely wine – And, what a cool name the winemaker has – Rollin Stones?!

  9. Susan | LunaCafe Reply

    Sounds like a lovely pinot. i’ll be on the lookout for it.

    • Michele Francisco
      Michele Francisco Reply

      Great- it won’t disappoint you Susan!

  10. Justin Vajgert Reply

    Come see us at our tasting room! We’re open 11-5 Thursday through Monday! The 2013 Stalker was just released, but this wine sells quick! Get it while we have it! Thanks for the lovely write up!!!

    • Michele Francisco
      Michele Francisco Reply

      Hi Justin- you’re welcome! Thanks for stopping by with the additional info and hours! Cheers, Michele

  11. Erin Reply

    I keep seeing this winery! Now I really need to give it a try… if it goes on sale. I admit, $50 is a little high for me! But it sounds great.

    • Michele Francisco
      Michele Francisco Reply

      Hi Erin- that’s the wonderful thing about wine…you can try before you buy! And even if you have no plan on spending money on that expensive bottle, you’ll still get a taste!

  12. Rollin Reply

    Thank you Michele and “Posters” for y’all’s kind comments about my wine.
    Stalker Pinot is made by removing whole Pinot noir berries from the grape stalk (stem). The stalks are then dried separately while the berries cold soak in the fermenter. The dried stalks are added into the the fermenter about a week later when the ferment begins. A unique process that produces a uniquely delicious result.
    Thanks for also noting our 18 month barrel aging program. Right now we have BOTH 2014 and 2015 Pinot noir in barrel. Not many Pinot producers bear this expense, and ROCO finds the wines become so much more integrated and textured with this extended time in barrel.
    Wishing you all a fun and blessed Holiday. Thanks so very much.
    A Grateful, Rollin Soles

    • Michele Francisco
      Michele Francisco Reply

      Rollin- thanks for dropping by and filling us in on your complete winemaking process. It sounds like such an interesting and unique way to make wine and that uniqueness is apparent in the finished product! Happy Holidays to you and the rest of the ROCO team! -Michele

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