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.
Little Hill Vineyard is a small 2.8 acre parcel of Rochioli Vineyard planted in 1993 planted from West Block Vineyard cuttings.
Light crimson in color. 14.5% ABV. Gorgeous nose of red fruits, cloves, sarsaparilla and forest floor. Light to medium body with perfect acidity. Excellent concentration and structure. Cherries, baking spices, earth and minerals on the palate. The finish is long and silky. Stunning Pinot Noir that seems to be on the upswing. The SVD lineup ages so well. I’ll save my last bottle for another 2-4 years.
My rating: 95 points.
The 2019 version of this wine will be released this coming Fall.
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.