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.
Light red in color. 14.5% ABV. Captivating nose of red fruits, cloves, sarsaparilla and forest floor. Medium body with exquisite acidity. Concentration and power that belies the color and age of the wine. Cherry, cranberry, pomegranate and earth on the palate. Tremendous length on the finish. Stunning Pinot Noir that for the price has very few peers. As always a good sign for the single vineyard designates from this vintage. Best over the next several years.
My rating: 94 points.
The 2020 version of this wine will be released to the mailing list early next year.
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.