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.
Magenta in color. 13% ABV. Savory nose of red and black fruits, baking spices and earth. Light body with medium acidity. Plush and textured on the palate. Flavors of black cherry, raspberry, cranberry and soil. The finish is long and supple. Delicious, fun and easy to drink. Best over the next few years. A great buy at $24. Typically just available in the tasting room but over the last several years Rochioli has opened this up to the mailing list.
My rating: 90 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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