Bottle Notes, Pinot Noir

2015 J. Rochioli Pinot Noir Russian River Valley – 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 wine is made entirely from the Estate Vineyard.

Crimson in color. 14.5% ABV. Stunning nose of red fruits, citrus, cloves and forest floor. Medium body with exquisite acidity. Decidedly rich and earthy. Cranberry, pomegranate, blood orange and minerals on the palate. Tremendous length on the finish. More earthy than I expected but well made and ready to drink. Best over the next several years.

My rating: 92 points.

The 2023 version of this wine will be released to the mailing list early next year. If I recall correctly the price should be around $68 per bottle.

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

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