Bottle Notes, Pinot Noir

2008 Rochioli Estate Pinot Noir – Bottle Notes

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.

Rochioli recently published a detailed map of the Estate Vineyard that is required viewing for fans of the winery.

Light red in color. Almost translucent. 14.3% ABV. Red fruits, Christmas spice and pine on the nose. Black cherry, cranberry, pomegranate, cloves and earth on the palate. Bright acidity and medium body. The finish is long and spicy. Great wine from a vintage many wrote off. Drink over the next 2-4 years.

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 do show up at retail periodically, and 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 patio and a few more to bring home for the cellar.

The 2011 Estate Pinot Noir will be released any day now at a price of $54.

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