Rochioli is one of the true pioneers in Russian River Valley, with a winemaking history dating back to the the late 1950′s. Although best known for their world class Pinot Noir, Rochioli also produces remarkable Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. I’ve blogged about Rochioli previously in Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings and the Fab 5 of Mailing Lists.
The Estate Pinot Noir, although exceptional in quality, is the entry level Rochioli Pinot Noir. Rochioli dials it up with a number of separate vineyard wines like the West Block, River Block and Little Hill.
The wine is a light garnet in color, almost transparent on the edges. Baking spice, cherries and minerals on the nose. Strawberries, rhubarb, bing cherry, cola, earth and vanilla with a touch of cherry pie. Racy acidity and a long spicy finish. Drink over the next 1-2 years.
My Rating: 91 points.
At present time (and for the forseeable future) buying from Rochioli via the mailing list is not an option. The wine does show up at retail periodically, but the good news is that the winery’s Russian River Valley tasting room is still open for public tasting. They may only be pouring a couple of wines, but it’s a great opportunity to buy a bottle for a picnic on their lovely back deck and a few more to bring home for your cellar.
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