Fine ruby-red. Classic scents of cool-climate Pinot Noir: black currant and raspberry with subtle woodsmoke, and forest. A bundle of crisp fruits and savory truffles, seared to the palate by Roserock’s fresh acidity, make a lasting impression. Matches beautifully with pasta, poultry, fish and lighter meat dishes.
The Eola-Amity Hills AVA is a sub-appellation of the Willamette Valley located just west-northwest of Salem, Oregon’s state capitol. It’s comprised of 37,900 acres and is one of the finest areas for Oregon, Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. The Eola-Amity Hills region enjoys a temperate climate of warm summers and mild winters, and 40 inches of annual rain, most of which falls outside of the growing season. Average maximum temperatures are 62 degrees F in April and 83 degrees F in July, which contributes to the ideal conditions for cool-climate loving Pinot Noir. The climate in this region is greatly influenced by its position due east of the Van Duzer Corridor, which provides a break in the coast range that allows cool Pacific Ocean air to flow through. This drops temperatures in the region dramatically, especially during late summer afternoons, helping to keep grape acids firm.The soils in the Eola-Amity Hills predominantly contain volcanic basalt from ancient lava flows as well as marine sedimentary rocks and alluvial deposits at the lower elevations of the ridge. This combination results in a relatively shallow, rocky set of well-drained soils (most notably of the Nekia series), which typically produce small grapes with great concentration.Roserock® is perched on a ridge top towards the southern end of the Eola-Amity Hills AVA, which is located within the Willamette Valley, home to many of Oregon’s finest Pinot Noir vineyards. 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. This climate, combined with the shallow, well-drained volcanic soils of the Nekia series that dominate this area, are the primary reasons the Eola-Amity Hills AVA is emerging as one of the world’s most exciting winegrowing regions for Pinot Noir.