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Roserock Pinot Noir, Domaine Drouhin, Oregon

In 1987, Robert Drouhin was invited to participate in the first International Pinot Noir Celebration, and on that trip, he decided to purchase land in the Dundee Hills region of Oregon. Where there had only been Christmas trees and wheat, the Drouhin’s began planting their first vineyards in Oregon. At the same time, Robert nominated Véronique to be the newly christened Domaine Drouhin Oregon (DDO) winemaker, and her brother Philippe Drouhin took responsibility for viticulture. In 1988, DDO produced its first vintage, from purchased grapes, and in 1989 built the landmark, four-story gravity flow winery.

Situated atop the Dundee Hills, between 400′ to 800′ in elevation, the site was selected for its remarkable similarity in climate, latitude and aspect to the legendary vineyards of Burgundy. From what started as test plantings of cloned Pinot Noir rootstock, Domaine Drouhin now encompasses 124 acres of hillside vineyards. Interspersed with the Pinot Noir vines are 11 acres of Chardonnay, planted at various elevations and, like in Burgundy, planted right alongside rows of Pinot Noir.

Domaine Drouhin’s Roserock Pinot Noir is a cuvée selection from the estate’s 35 blocks, which are all handpicked, sorted and individually fermented. While Pinot Noirs from the Eola-Amity Hills are typically known for their structure and power, Véronique Drouhin emphasises Roserock’s elegant and refined qualities, making for a delicious and age worthy cuvée. Roserock Pinot Noir is a lively, energetic expression of both the vintage and the Eola Hills. The colour is a striking light garnet, darkening at the core. On the nose, black currant and ripe plum, followed by crushed red flowers and clove. The palate opens with intense cherry and cranberry, mixed with a hint of allspice and light notes of oak. The tannins are dusty yet elegant, blending beautifully with the fresh and bright acidity. Texture, balance, and length are all impeccable, making for a pretty wine that drinks well now but should age very nicely for 6-8 years and beyond.

Fruit Source: Roserock Vineyard

AVA: Eola-Amity Hills, Williamette Valley, Oregon

Sustainable Certification: LIVE

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