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. Sweet water vineyard is located at the highest elevation of the Rochioli Estate.
Ruby red in color. 14.7% ABV. Showstopping nose of red fruits, cloves, sarsaparilla and forest floor. Medium body with exquisite acidity. Fruit forward and well balanced. Black cherry, cola, baking spices and minerals on the palate. Tremendous length on the finish. Stunning Pinot Noir. It is no surprise here that the iconic Rochioli Vineyard and the exceptional 07 vintage combined to create a Pinot Noir that showcases the Russian River Valley at its very best. Drink over the next 2-3 years.
My rating: 95 points.
The 2018 version of this wine will be released this coming Fall.
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.