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.
Little Hill Vineyard is a small 2.8 acre parcel of Rochioli Vineyard planted in 1993 from West Block Vineyard cuttings. Rochioli recently published a detailed map of the Estate Vineyard that is required viewing for fans of the winery.
Dark garnet in color with just a hint of bricking on the edge. 14.2% ABV. Brooding and unyielding on the nose but ever so subtle notes of dark cherries and rose petals. Black cherries, anise, clove, nutmeg, tea and rhubarb on the palate. Silky and balanced with a long, rich finish.
My rating: 92 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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