Bottle Notes, Pinot Noir

2003 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. In 1987 Rochioli released their first estate wine, the 1985 Rochioli Pinot Noir. 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.

Light crimson in color. Almost translucent. 14.2% ABV. Stunning nose of black fruits, cloves, baking spices and soil. Medium body with perfect acidity. Elegant and sophisticated with great texture and mouth feel. Flavors of black cherries, cloves, earth and cinnamon. The finish is exceptionally long. Truly hard to believe this Pinot Noir shows so young at 14 years of age. Rochioli at its finest. Drink over the next 2-3 years.

My rating: 95 points.

The current version was approximately $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 The 2016 Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings and the Fab 5 of Mailing Lists.

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