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.
Ruby red in color. 14.5% ABV. Pretty nose of red fruits, cola, baking spices and forest floor. Light to medium body with exquisite acidity. Perfect mouth feel and texture. Bing cherry, cranberry, cloves and sarsaparilla on the palate. Tremendous length on the finish. Really stunning Pinot Noir. The single vineyard wines from 2013 should be glorious. Best over the next 2-3 years.
My rating: 94 points.
The 2019 version of this wine will be released in the coming months.
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.