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.
Crimson in color. 14.5% ABV. Pretty nose of dark red fruits, cloves, forest floor and minerals. Medium body with exquisite acidity. Great structure, fruit forward and perfectly balanced. Black cherry, cranberry, baking spices and cola on the palate. Exceptional length on the finish. Gorgeous Pinot Noir that has me sorely tempted to open a ’14 Rochioli vineyard designate. Best over the next 2-3 years.
My rating: 92 points.
The 2019 version of this wine will be released early next year.
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.