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Drinking Fresh Wine: Rose Rock

As the owner of a small, local wine store, I have countless opportunities to taste - often fifty different wines in a given week. I consider myself very lucky, yesterday alone I tasted twenty-something wines.

A question I get a lot from customers is, "What do you drink?" or "If you could drink one wine for the rest of your life, what would it be?" My go-to answer is Pinot Noir or Chardonnay, specifically from Oregon or Burgundy, France.

Why these grapes from these regions, you ask? When you taste as much wine as I do, you seek out wines that refresh and awaken your palate. The fresher and lighter the wine, the more you want to drink of it. One wine for the rest of my life? That is the criteria.

There are many misconceptions when it comes to lighter bodied, lighter colored, less alcoholic, and younger wines. The stigma is that such wines have less flavor, less complexity, less depth, and less value in terms of quality and longevity. I cannot speak for every bottle of Oregon or Burgundy Pinot or Chardonnay, but for the most part, wines of these regions have an enormous amount of complexity, depth, elegance, and flavor.

Roserock is the latest project from Joseph Drouhin, a winemaker with property in both Oregon and Burgundy. Roserock is an extraordinary vineyard at the southern tip of the Eola-Amity Hills in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Ancient volcanic soils, ideal elevation range, and the unique cooling effect of the Van Duzer Corridor produce classic, cool-climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Roserock is LIVE-certified sustainable.

Rose Rock Pinot Noir 2014

Beautiful spicy, floral nose with a savory character. On the palate there are notes of dark berry, caramel, black cherry, dried flowers, and earth. There is clear structure and balance, with good mouth weight and a long finish.

Rose Rock Chardonnay 2014

On the nose there are hints of pear, quince, citrus, and honeysuckle. This wine is round and fresh on the palate, with a touch of oak, and excellent acidity without being overly tart. There is structure, balance, great texture and a mid-palate elegance.