2016 Domaine Drouhin Chardonnay Roserock

Year: 2016
Appellation: Willamette Valley
Country: USA-Oregon
Wine Spectator: 91
Wine Advocate: 91
Wine Enthusiast: 92
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.9%
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2018 WINE SPECTATOR TOP 100: #97

"Polished and refined, with expressive apple, ripe cantaloupe and spice flavors that take on richness on the long finish. Drink now through 2020. 2,866 cases made.–TF " (WS)

"The 2016 Roserock Chardonnay has a fresh nose of Bosc pear and Granny Smith apples with touches of baby's breath flowers, wet pebbles and baker’s yeast. Light to medium-bodied with a touch of creaminess in the mouth, it segues into notes of fresh hay, red apple skin and lemon, with great juicy acidity and lovely phenolic texture on the finish. 2,866 cases produced.

Roserock is a vineyard in Eola-Amity Hills that Domain Drouhin purchased at the end of 2013. I asked assistant winemaker Arron Bell and managing director David Millman why they decided to create a new label for the vineyard. “The vineyard had its own personality,” Millman said. “We didn’t want to dilute the program of Domaine Drouhin Oregon by creating another single vineyard wine. So this is a companion to what we do. It felt like more than a single vineyard.”" (WA)

"Domaine Drouhin Oregon's new Eola-Amity wine continues to impress. Supple, seductive and rippled with kiwi, apple, citrus and melon flavors, it's nicely ripe and well melded. The barrel influence is modest, which perfectly suits fruit this good." (WE)

Winery Notes:
Tasting Notes:
This Roserock Chardonnay is vibrant and round, with broad floral notes and energetic touches of noisette, peach and pear. The palate’s enveloping texture is balanced by clear structure and a sense of minerality. It is an elegant and complex wine, with a long finish, and I expect this vintage to evolve nicely over the next few years.

Vineyard Notes:
Roserock is an extraordinary vineyard at the southern tip of the Eola-Amity Hills, in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Ancient volcanic soils, an 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. The 2016 growing season in Oregon started with a surprisingly warm spring, and moved seamlessly into a classic Oregon summer of warm days and cool nights. Interestingly, though the harvest is one of the earliest on record, the accumulated heat was less than either of the two previous vintages, and both of those are considered to be in the top tier. At Roserock, a cooler vineyard, picking began at the beginning of September under mostly clear skies. The fruit was in beautiful condition and required minimal sorting.

Production Notes:
Our Roserock Chardonnay brings together the estate’s three Chardonnay blocks, which are handpicked and sorted. The Chardonnay is pressed immediately, and sent in equal parts to tank and barrel. Once malolactic fermentation is complete, Véronique assembles the two portions into her final cuvée.