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.
Old Vine Valdiguié from the hillside portion of the Estate Vineyard.
Bright red in color. 13% ABV. Charming nose of red fruits, citrus, earth and flowers. Light to medium body with perfect acidity. Light, fresh and earthy. Strawberry, cranberry, blood orange and minerals on the palate. Nice length on the finish. Perfection on a warm Spring night in Seattle. Best over the next several years but mine wont last through the Summer.
My rating: 92 points.
The 2020 version of this wine was released in the last Fall and is a special release only available at the winery.
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.