2008 Roserock Pinot Noir Scores 95 Points

February 16 2012

Wine Spectator has given 95 or more points to only 18 Pinot Noir bottlings in Oregon’s history. Only three Oregon Pinots have ever scored better than 95, one with 96 and two with 97 points. The average price of those three Pinots was about $80. By contrast, the release price of our Roserock was $55.

Roserock Vineyard is perched on a ridge towards the southern end of the Eola-Amity Hills AVA. In cooperation with our winemakers and viticulturists, Roserock grows fruit to our specifications. During the growing season, ocean breezes push through the Van Duzer Corridor in the Coastal Range maintaining a consistently cool climate that is the hallmark of all great Pinot Noir winegrowing regions. Shallow, well-drained volcanic soils of the Nekia series dominate this area. Roserock is LIVE (Low Input Viticulture and Enology) and Salmon Safe Certified. The 2008 Roserock Pinot Noir aged for 15 months in 87% new French oak barrels.

KING ESTATE Pinot Noir Eola-Amity Hills Roserock Vineyard 2008 – 95 POINTS

Brash and jazzy, letting its flavors pop through the refined tannins, offering lively raspberry, cherry, cinnamon and white pepper character that zips through a long and expressive finish. Drink now through 2018. 150 cases made.

– Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator Magazine

Fruit from Roserock and many other top Oregon vineyards routinely finds its way into the Signature Pinot Noir blend. Roserock is one of the five vineyards, along with Pfeiffer, Freedom Hill, Gran Moraine and King Estate ‘Domaine’, that have also made it into our Backbone blend in several vintages. With only 149 cases produced, distribution was limited almost exclusively to members of the Tower Club, who received it in May 2011.