Bottle Notes, Pinot Noir

2006 J. Rochioli Pinot Noir West 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. 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.

The winery has published a detailed map of the Estate Vineyard that is required viewing for fans of the winery.

The West Block Vineyard grapes come from a 1.5 acre parcel of Rochioli Vineyard that was planted in 1969.

Garnet in color. 14.4% ABV. Spellbinding nose of red fruits, cloves, baking spices and forest floor. Medium body with exquisite acidity. Concentration and power that belies 14 years of bottle age. Cranberry, pomegranate, black tea and earth on the palate. The finish is exceptionally long and silky. Outstanding West Block from a marginal vintage. Best over the next 1-2 years.

My rating: 94 points.

The 2018 vintage of this wine was recently released to 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 by appointment. 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 2018 Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings and the Fab 5 of Mailing Lists.

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