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.
Rochioli recently published a detailed map of the Estate Vineyard that is required viewing for fans of the winery.
Crimson in color. 14.5% ABV. Red fruits, cloves and minerals on the nose. Perfectly balanced and elegant with just the right amount of acidity. Cherries and cinnamon are prominent on the palate with a bit of cola and earth as well. Great finish. Still young and evolving with tons of potential. Drink over the next 3-5 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.
I’ve blogged about Rochioli previously in the Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings and the Fab 5 of Mailing Lists.
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