Bottle Notes, Pinot Noir

2002 J. Rochioli Pinot Noir Three Corner 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.

Three Corner Vineyard is a small triangle shaped parcel at the southern end of Rochioli Vineyard. The winery recently published a detailed map of the Estate Vineyard that is required viewing for fans of the winery.

Crimson in color. 14.2% ABV. Super nose of red fruits, sarsaparilla and cloves. Medium body with excellent acidity. Great length and depth on the palate. Flavors of cranberry, black cherry and spice. The finish is long and belies the fact that this wine is 13 years old. A great showing. Russian River Valley Pinot Noir at its very finest. Drink over the next year or two.

My rating: 95 points.

The current version is $85 off the mailing list.

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, Reflections on Two Days in the Russian River Valley and the Fab 5 of Mailing Lists.

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