Bottle Notes, Pinot Noir

2001 Rochioli Pinot Noir Three Corner Vineyard – Bottle Notes

2001 Rochioli Three Corners Pinot Noir

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.

Three Corner Vineyard is a small triangle shaped parcel at the southern end of the Rochioli Vineyard. Rochioli recently published a detailed map of the Estate Vineyard that is required viewing for fans of the winery.

The wine is garnet in color. A regal nose of forest floor, truffle and black cherry. Baking spices, deep black cherry, strawberry, earth and minerals in abundance on the palate. The flavors are enchanting. The acidity is riveting. The finish is exquisite.

Russian River Valley Pinot Noir truly does not get much better than this. A memorable and breathtaking wine.

My rating: 95 points.

At present time (and for the foreseeable future) buying from Rochioli via the mailing list is not an option. The Estate wines show up at retail periodically, and best of all 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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