Roco Winery Gravel Road Pinot Noir 2017
Several lush and complex aromatics fill the nose upon inhale including rose petals, ripe loganberry, a rich vanilla spice framed by rich forest floor aromas. For flavor consider, lovely elegant fruit with spice and enough acidity to cause this wine to dance on your tongue. Persistent red fruit and loganberry give a "sweet" lift to this classic cool climate Pinot noir. The finish sails on a "deck" of rich cherry fruit, lovely earth tones, and the sort of peppercorn spice that calls out for mushrooms, lamb, or even buttery black cod.
|Region||United States, Oregon, Willamette Valley|
Wine SpectatorVibrant and well-structured, with refined cherry, stony mineral and green tea accents that build richness and polish toward fine-grained tannins. Drink now through 2028. 4,790 cases made. From Oregon.
James SucklingAttractively ripe red plums and cherries abound here with a core of red plums on the palate, which holds a ripe, central stance. The depth is good and it’s softer at the finish. Drink now. Screw cap.
Wine EnthusiastThe entry-level Pinot from Roco, this delivers far more punch and power than the price tag would imply. It's dark and toasty, with black cherry fruit and tea leaf tannins. Somewhat drying and just a touch on the hot side, it's a little like an actor with heavy stage makeup-perhaps a bit overdone, but nonetheless it works.