Bottle Notes, Pinot Noir

2007 J. Rochioli Pinot Noir Sweetwater 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.

Sweetwater vineyard is located at the highest elevation of the Rochioli Estate.

Ruby red in color. 14.5% ABV. Pretty nose of red fruits, rose petals and forest floor. Medium body with perfect acidity. Dark fruited and savory on the palate with flavors of black cherry, strawberry, baking spices and earth. The finish is long and supple. Gorgeous Pinot Noir from a classic vintage that has aged brilliantly. I’m inclined to drink over the next year or so.

My rating: 93 points.

The 2021 version of this wine was released just last week to member of the mailing list at a cost of $90.

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, Fab 5 of Mailing Lists and Paying Respects to Joe Rochioli.

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