Roco RMS Brut 2016

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No two vintages in the Willamette Valley are identical. So goes Roco’s RMS Brut program! Look for an especially floral nose of orange/lemon citrus blossom and white chrysanthemum framed by yeasty, toasted baguette. With the tiniest of bubbles dancing across your tongue, look for an amazing complexity of fresh Anjou pear, white grapefruit, Kaffir lime leaf, and hints of guava and Buddha Hand citrus. Crisp, palate-tingling minerality at the foundation leads to a spectacular pear, yeast, and white nectarine finish. The blend for this t te de cuv e is 67% Pinot Noir and 33% Chardonnay and it was given 30 months en tirage prior to bottling. Pushing the envelope for Oregon bubbly ever higher, Winemaker Rollin Soles hits a perfect chord here. Mixed yellow fruits, highlighted with coconut and toast, anchor a thrillingly electric wine with dynamic tension and focus. Fine bubbles and vivid acidity delight the palate. Drink now-2025. Editors’ Choice. Precise and polished, with elegantly layered Asian pear, cinnamon brioche and roasted nut flavors that dance on an alluring finish By Roco. 70% Pinot Noir; 30% Chardonnay. Though the slightly older of the RMS pair and displaying a bit more aged-on-the yeast richness, the 2016 version shows a bit more energy and vigor than its younger mate. It, too, is a wine that holds fruit to a quiet minimum, yet, behind its autolyzed traits, a glimmer of cherries can be found. On the whole, a solid, firmly balanced effort that is a good example of Champenoise transformation, it is long on tiny, very insistent bubbles and promises to be in fine drinking shape for a number of years.

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