Rochioli is one of the true pioneers in Russian River Valley, with a winemaking history dating back to the the late 1950′s. Although best known for their world class Pinot Noir, Rochioli also produces remarkable Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. I’ve blogged about Rochioli previously in Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings and the Fab 5 of Mailing Lists.
West Block Vineyard, planted in 1969, is a small four acre parcel of Rochioli Vineyard. Rochioli recently published a detailed map of the Estate Vineyard that is required viewing for fans of the winery.
Light ruby red in color and 14.2% ABV. Spicy aromas of cinnamon and brown sugar. Bing cherries, leather, truffles, herbs, anise and cola on the palate. At 13 years of age this wine is luscious and seductive. Bright acidity. The finish is exceptionally long and memorable. Amazing Russian River Valley Pinot Noir that would fare well against any Grand Cru from Burgundy.
My rating: 94 points.
At present time (and for the foreseeable future) buying from Rochioli via the mailing list is not an option. The Estate wines show up at retail periodically, and best of all the winery’s Russian River Valley tasting room is still open for public tasting. 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 back deck and a few more to bring home for your cellar.
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