Roco Wines The Stalker Pinot Noir 2012

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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.
Category Red Wine
Varietal
Country United States
Region Oregon
Appellation Willamette Valley
Brand Roco Wines
Alcohol/vol 14%
  • ws94

Wine SpectatorSleek and racy, with vibrant notes of black cherry, dark plum and earthy spice playing against fine tannins and lively acidity. Mineral and maple syrup aromatics add to the finish. Drink now through 2022. 324 cases made.

Harvey Steiman, February 28, 2015
  • wa90

Wine AdvocateThe 2012 Pinot Noir The Stalker is Rollin Soles' "effort to keep it fresh." In 2011, he decided he wanted to do something different: this is a ripasso style of Pinot, or at least his own unique take on it. The berries from Wits' End and Marsh Estate vineyards are destemmed, and when the whole berries are doing the cold soak, Rollin dries the stems and then adds them back in to the blend. This is the second vintage, the name given after the cellar hands labelled the barrels thus. It has a well-defined bouquet with damp undergrowth, wilted rose petals and a vein of blueberry infusing the red fruit profile. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, well-judged acidity and plenty of sappy red berry fruit on the finish that begs another sip. I like this...plenty of character, cohesive and delicious, quite complex fruit, but it deserves 2 or 3 years in barrel. 324 cases produced.

Neal Martin, March 2015

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