An extraordinary, visionary set of new wines.

An extraordinary, visionary set of new wines.
The growing wine scene in Oregon’s Willamette valley is dynamic and exploratory. Myriad small wineries dot the valley while previously undiscovered seams of remarkable terroir are only just being unearthed and exploited. Sitting at the cutting edge of this attempt to uncover Oregon’s Grand Cru slivers of land is Rose & Arrow.

The project is the brainchild of Mark Tarlov, the man who started Evening Land, and the Vosne Romanee producer Louis-Michel, le Comte de Liger-Belair. Who in turn invited the legendary terroir consultant Pedro Parra to join their project. Together with on-the-ground winemaker Felipe Ramirez, this team set out to discover the Willamette Valley’s finest land. They looked at plots within plots, and then focussed on specific seams of rocks within these plots. This was terroir exploration in micro-detail…

Their endeavour started back in 2012. 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 were able to pin-point 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 duly purchased. Today they 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. Only the very finest spots, just over 2 hectares, less than 4% of the harvest, are what produce the 100-350 case cuvees that make up the thrilling Rose & Arrow range. These plots, generally east facing on volcanic soils from the mid slopes, are those which provide the ethereal aromas, textures and flavours that the project is looking to unearth.

In winemaking terms, the techniques are almost identical to those practiced in Louis-Michel’s Vosne Romanee domaine, and yet the aim has never been to produce Burgundy from Oregon. More to allow Burgundian thinking to shape the way one might produce the very finest wines from the Basalt soils of the Willamette valley. The results are both staggering and genuinely individual. Combining the unmistakable elegance and finesse of Comte Liger-Belair winemaking, with deeply volcanic mineral cores and finely tailored, effortless finishes.

The inaugural release features all 7 wines from the 2016 vintage, organised 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 which hail from very specific pleats and folds of rock that provide complex, very complete expressions of Pinot Noir from specific geologies.

This first release, the result of many years exploration of the Willamette valley, sets the bar truly high. Named for the interplay between strength and beauty that defines great Pinot Noir, Rose & Arrow looks set to redefine our knowledge of the potential contained within the soils of Oregon’s Willamette Valley. We are delighted to be bringing them to the UK for the very first time.

Owing to the limited quantities available these will be sold on an allocation basis.