Bottle Notes, Pinot Noir

2003 Rochioli Pinot Noir River Block Vineyard – 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.

River Block is a 13 acre parcel of Rochioli Vineyard planted in 1989. Rochioli recently published a detailed map of the Estate Vineyard that is required viewing for fans of the winery.

Light crimson in color. Almost translucent. 14.2% ABV. Exceptional nose of red fruits, Christmas spice, forest floor and pine resin. Medium body with mouthwatering acidity. Bing cherries, nutmeg, cloves, cranberries and tea on the palate. Tremendous finish. Great Pinot Noir. Aging beautifully. Drink over the next 2-3 years.

My rating: 93 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.

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