Rose and Arrow Pinot Noir Hopewell Hills Eola Amity AVA, Oregon

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Rose and Arrow Pinot Noir Hopewell Hills Eola Amity AVA, Oregon

Vivino 4.5
WS 94
  • S$72997

Rose Arrow Pinot Noir Hopewell Hills 2017, 2018 and 2019

Rose & Arrow Pinot Noir Hopewell Hills Eola Amity AVA, Oregon (Set of 3 Library Vintage)

2017 Rose & Arrow Pinot Noir Hopewell Hills

2018 Rose & Arrow Pinot Noir Hopewell Hills

2019 Rose & Arrow Pinot Noir Hopewell Hills

About Winery

Our name, Rose & Arrow Estate, speaks to our foundational belief in the pleasure of paradoxes, between opposing forces of love and war. The “rose” and “arrow”, are innately connected yet conflicting, each defined by the existence (or absence) of the other. Our favorite wines make us appreciate the harmony of opposites: acid/sweet, simple/complex, solid rock/sprouting vine. The latter is where our narrative begins, as every great wine is ignited by unique tensions in the rock of its origin.

Rose & Arrow is the brainchild of Mark Tarlov, the man who started Evening Lands, and Louis-Michel Comte Liger-Belair, who in turn invited legendary terroir consultant Pedro Parra to join the project. The aim here is simple; to make the best Oregon wines by uncovering the region’s Grand Cru terroirs. Together with on-the-ground winemaker Felipe Ramirez, the team have spent the past 6 years decoding the land of the Willamette Valley, looking at plots within plots, and then focusing in on specific seams of rocks within these plots.

The endeavor started back in 2012 and since then scores of wines have been made and blind tasted, their notes overlaid onto the data from Pedro Parra’s ingenious vineyard mapping techniques. Using electro-magnetic mining technology and old-fashioned soil pits (over 200 dug to date), the team was able to pinpoint the exact types of geology that produced the most thrilling and eloquent Pinot Noir from the valley’s various soils.

Armed with a new understanding of what might be possible, land was acquired. Today they own or farm over 60 hectares of land dotted across 5 of the 7 AVAs. The majority of the harvest goes into a separate project called Chapter 24. The very finest plots, just over 2 hectares, less than 4% of the harvest, are what produce the 100-350 case cuvees that make up the Rose & Arrow range. These plots, generally east facing on volcanic soils from the mid slopes, are those that provide the aromas, textures, and flavors that the project is looking to unearth.

In winemaking terms, the techniques are almost identical to those practiced in Louis-Michel’s Vosne domaine, and yet the aim has never been to produce Burgundy from Oregon, but moreover to allow Burgundian thinking to shape the way one might produce the very finest wines from the Basalt soils of the Willamette Valley. All fruit is destemmed, extractions are more like infusions, with regular gentle pump overs in open top fermenters, the oxygen rich environment allowing for complex aromatics and very measured alcoholic degrees. Elevage is carried out over 12-15 months, with no racking. The same coopers are used as in Vosne, specific barrels selected and flown over from France each year, with new oak usage kept to around 50%. The results are both staggering and individual. Here are wines that combine the unmistakable elegance and finesse of Comte Liger-Belair winemaking with deeply volcanic mineral cores and finely tailored, effortless finishes.

The wines are organized around three tiers. The ‘Village’ wines represent small vineyard holdings that share similar rock compositions. Up one level you find the ‘Articulates’, where specific rocky sections within vineyards, those that display especially individual characteristics, are separated out and bottled up. Finally, at the top of the tree sit the ‘Prime Expressions’; three wines that hail from very specific pleats and folds of rock that provide complex, very complete expressions of Pinot Noir from specific geologies.

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About Winery

Our name, Rose & Arrow Estate, speaks to our foundational belief in the pleasure of paradoxes, between opposing forces of love and war.

The “rose” and “arrow”, innately connected yet conflicting, each defined by the existence (or absence) of the other.

Our favorite wines make us appreciate the harmony of opposites: acid/sweet, simple/complex, solid rock/sprouting vine. The latter is where our narrative begins, as every great wine is ignited by unique tensions in the rock of its origin.

The Place

“I taste, and when I find something delicious, I dig.” Pedro Parra - Terroir Expert

The beauty of wine originates in the connection between the vine and the soil (or, in our case, the rock). We spent years unearthing how nature creates our favorite wines, and found our answer buried in the hillsides of Willamette Valley: Tiny pleats of ancient volcanic rock, relics from 14 million years ago when rich lava formed new land atop the seabed of Western Oregon.

The Beauty

“It is not up to us to decide what the wine will taste like. It is the parcels who decide.” Filipe Rammirez - Winemaker

The vines in these seven parcels, planted in pleats of preserved mother rock, carry the character of the land in its most primitive form. Our winemaker, Felipe Ramirez, liberates the vines’ instincts to produce the Pinot Noirs we love. The resulting single-origin wines embody the pleasure of paradox: a light body with a depth of complex flavors, aromas, and textures. A universal history of the hills, and the singular story of each parcel’s erosion.

2017 Rose & Arrow Pinot Noir Hopewell Hills

Tasting Notes
Soft southeast facing slope. A light silt and clay soil sitting on deeply fractured columnar rocks. Hopewell Hills like its next door neighbor “Gathered Stones” is all about bubbles and crystals. Smaller and finer bubbles and crystals produce a wine that is somewhat softer than “Gathered Stones" with a fruit driven energy that illuminates in waves coursing through the wine. 288 cases produced.

 

2018 Rose & Arrow Pinot Noir Hopewell Hills

Tasting Notes

Rose & Arrow is the brainchild of Mark Tarlov, the man behind Evening Lands, one of Willamette Valley's premier vineyards. The aim of Rose & Arrow is to make the best Oregon wines by uncovering the region's best terroirs.

The Hopewell Hills Pinot Noir shows hints of licorice, black plums and mulberries on the nose. The palate mingles notes of black and red fruit - pomegranate, black raspberry and cranberries - with bay leaves and a smooth mineral finish. 

 

2018 Rose & Arrow Pinot Noir Hopewell Hills

Tasting Notes

Deep ruby. Dark roses and cherries on the nose. The full palate is imbued with abundant warm ripe fruit laid on velvety textures, graced by fresh acidity that lingered with glowing persistence. From Eola-Amity Hills, Oregon.

 

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