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.
Very light garnet in color. Almost translucent. Baking spice, earth and strawberries on the nose. Rhubarb, cola, cherry pie, brown sugar and spice on the palate. A long, succulent finish. This wine should be enjoyed over the next year or so.
My rating: 91 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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