chosen as one of the "20 Most Admired Winemakers in North America"
is named after Rollin
and Corby Soles for a very good reason.
Originally from Texas, Rollin
has more than three decades of winemaking under his
He cofounded the prestigious Argyle Winery 27 years ago and is the only Oregon winemaker whose wines have been ranked in Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of the World 13 times.
stepped back from his
full-time position at Argyle
in 2013 to spend more time expanding ROCO with Corby.
Since then, the dynamic couple remains dedicated to producing stellar, highly rated, single vineyard wines.
"It was a joy to start a new winery with my wife," Rollin
is not just a label.
It's a real winery with a real tasting room."
This year, more exciting changes are in store as ROCO
initiates a Sparkling wine program.
The winery's story dates back to 1987, when Rollin
and Corby purchased a unique hillside property near the quaint town of Newberg.
At that time, Rollin was in the founding stages at Argyle, and Corby co-owned Panther Creek Cellars and was working as a founding member of the International Pinot Noir Celebration.
and Corby acquired a 15-acre addition to their Wits' End Vineyard and planted it with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir-a move that makes the future of ROCO Winery
"I never saw rain so sideways here, and it hit when everything was pretty damn ripe," said Rollin Soles of Roco.
At Roco, Soles
took it a step further.
rented a reverse osmosis machine and ran the saignée from all 5,000 cases of his
2013 production through it before adding it back to the fermenting wine.
"Think about it," Soles said.
"With saignée you're taking out the center of the grape.
To turn it into rosé is like taking out the heart, the acids, the fresh fruit of the grape.
So we basically remove the water and put that beautiful center back into the wine."
To prove his
saved a few samples of water deleted from the saignée.
Davis spent several years under the mentorship of renowned winemaker Rollin Soles.
holds the distinction of producing the highest rated domestic sparkling wine to date.
Argyle sparkling wines have been ranked among Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of the World several times in past years.
, who co-owns ROCO
with his wife Corby, and continues to consult for Argyle, is thrilled to invest in The Radiant Sparkling Wine Company
in 20 Most Admired Winemakers in North America article by VWM Magazine!