Bottle Notes, Pinot Noir

2015 J. Rochioli Pinot Noir Estate – 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.

This is the first time I have noticed the sources for the Estate Pinot Noir on the back label. 24% Little Hill, 18% West Block, 18% Sweetwater, 14% East Block, 14% Big Hill and 12% River Block.

Crimson in color. 14.5% ABV. Beautiful nose of red fruits, cloves, damp forest floor and flowers. Medium body with perfect acidity. Fresh and crisp. Incredibly elegant. Cherry, cranberry, pomegranate and baking spices on the palate. Exceptional length on the finish. Absolutely delightful Pinot Noir. One of the better versions of the Estate in recent memory. The Single Vineyard wines from 2015 have the potential to be mind blowing if this is any indication. Best over the next 2-4 years.

My rating: 94 points.

The 2019 version of this wine will be released in the coming months.

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 2020 Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings and the Fab 5 of Mailing Lists.

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