Spice rack is the theme of the 2012 ROCO Pinots and this Stalker is Spice City. Whiffs of spiced tobacco and a teensy bit of cassis and plum on the nose. Black pepper and tobacco leaf with wild black plum fruit on the front palate. Then, full on briar-patch in the mouth with a bit of raspberry and honey. Succulent plum concentrate balanced by a lively backbone of acid and tannin. The finish is juicy and ends with an earthy complexity of flavors and structure.
Roco Pinot Noir “The Stalker”
The creation of ROCO wines is the result of twenty years of dreaming, research, and planning. In 1987, the same year Rollin Soles began to develop the prestigious Argyle Winery, he also purchased a unique hillside property in the Chehalem Mountain Range.
It was not until 2001 that Rollin and Corby Soles planted the hillside to Pinot Noir, and in 2003 produced their first Private Stash Pinot Noir. The result is a vineyard and wines that reflect the very best distillation of Rollin’s 30 years in Oregon viticulture and the property’s special characteristics. By 2009 the Soles built their own winery and added a tasting room in 2012. Rollin resigned his full time position at Argyle in early 2013 and began to focus his full attention on ROCO. Rollin remains as Argyle chief consulting winemaker.
The Soles’ small Wits’ End Vineyard is situated on the southern slopes of the Chehalem Mountain Range, approximately six miles from the small town of Newberg in Yamhill County. The site is superbly located. In the winter the Chehalem Mountains protect the vineyard from the northeast Arctic winds, and in the summer the Dundee Hills (to the south) transition the Pacific Ocean winds into gentle afternoon breezes.