Burgundy’s historic Drouhin family, who made a splash in Willamette Valley with the establishment of their Dundee Hills winery Domaine Drouhin in the late 1980s, ventured slightly south in 2013, purchasing the RoseRock Vineyard in Eola-Amity Hills. With cooling evening winds blowing off the Pacific through the Van Duzer Corridor, the LIVE-certified vineyard creates wines with distinct freshness and vibrancy.
Spaning 122 acres sitting in the southern part of the region marked by volcanic soils, cooler temperatures, and an ideal elevation range, RoseRock wines are complex, elegant, and slightly evocative. Though the vineyard is just 25 miles from their Dundee Hills estate, wines produced are completely different from those from this southern AVA bringing that freshness and liveliness that makes them highly appealing upon release.
RoseRock Pinot Noir ($35) reveals fresh violets and rose, blueberry pie, and blackberry preserves, with a lovely earthy undercurrent. The light to medium-bodied palate is silky and spicy, gaining intensity in the mouth, with bright acidity melding with nicely structured tannin.