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2014 J. Rochioli Valdiguié – 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.

Magenta in color. 13% ABV. Savory nose of red and black fruits, baking spices and earth. Light body with medium acidity. Plush and textured on the palate. Flavors of black cherry, raspberry, cranberry and soil. The finish is long and supple. Delicious, fun and easy to drink. Best over the next few years. A great buy at $24. Typically just available in the tasting room but over the last several years Rochioli has opened this up to the mailing list.

My rating: 90 points.

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 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 patio and a few more to bring home for the cellar.

I’ve blogged about Rochioli previously in the The 2016 Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings and the Fab 5 of Mailing Lists.

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2003 J. Rochioli Pinot Noir Three Corner Vineyard – 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.

Three Corner Vineyard is a small triangle shaped parcel at the southern end of Rochioli Vineyard. The winery recently published a detailed map of the Estate Vineyard that is required viewing for fans of the winery.

Light crimson in color. Almost translucent. 14.2% ABV. Stunning nose of black fruits, cloves, baking spices and soil. Medium body with perfect acidity. Elegant and sophisticated with great texture and mouth feel. Flavors of black cherries, cloves, earth and cinnamon. The finish is exceptionally long. Truly hard to believe this Pinot Noir shows so young at 14 years of age. Rochioli at its finest. Drink over the next 2-3 years.

My rating: 95 points.

The current version was approximately $85 off the mailing list.

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 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 patio and a few more to bring home for the cellar.

I’ve blogged about Rochioli previously in the The 2016 Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings and the Fab 5 of Mailing Lists.

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2010 Rochioli Sauvignon Blanc Old Vines – 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 recently published a detailed map of the Estate Vineyard that is required viewing for fans of the winery.

Bright gold in color. 14.5% ABV. From the oldest Sauvignon Blanc vines in California. Pretty nose of stone fruits, lemons and freshly cut grass. Medium body with bright acidity. Rich and oily on the palate. Flavors of lemon oil, green apples and pears. Delicious expression of Sauvignon Blanc. Best over the next year or so.

My rating: 91 points.

The current version was approximately $45 off the mailing list. I’ll buy this year after year. Sauvignon Blanc from vines planted in 1959! Rochioli is a treasure.

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 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 patio and a few more to bring home for the cellar.

I’ve blogged about Rochioli previously in the The 2016 Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings and the Fab 5 of Mailing Lists.

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2003 J. Rochioli Pinot Noir Little Hill Vineyard – 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.

Little Hill Vineyard is a small 2.8 acre parcel of Rochioli Vineyard planted in 1993 planted from West Block Vineyard cuttings. The winery recently published a detailed map of the Estate Vineyard that is required viewing for fans of the winery.

Light red in color. 14.2% ABV. Brooding nose of black cherries, cloves and forest floor. Surprisingly big and muscular with medium acidity. The structure belies the 13 years of bottle age. Cherries, cranberries, anise and mint on the palate. The finish is long with silky tannins. Delicious but somewhat atypical. Drink over the next 1-2 years.

My rating: 91 points.

The current version was approximately $78 off the mailing list.

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 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 patio and a few more to bring home for the cellar.

I’ve blogged about Rochioli previously in the The 2016 Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings and the Fab 5 of Mailing Lists.

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2007 J. Rochioli Chardonnay River Block Vineyard – 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. Although best known for their world class Pinot Noir, Rochioli also produces remarkable Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

Rochioli recently published a detailed map of the Estate Vineyard that is required viewing for fans of the winery.

River Block is a 13 acre parcel of Rochioli Vineyard planted in 1989.

Shimmering gold in color. 14.2% ABV. Sensational nose of honeysuckle, lemon oil and pears. Full bodied with bright, racy acidity. Just a hint of toasty oak. Lemon curd, peach, apple and minerals on the palate. The wine finishes strong. At or slightly past it’s prime but delicious nonetheless. Drink over the next year.

My rating:  91 points.

The current version is $65 off the mailing list.

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 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 patio and a few more to bring home for the cellar.

I’ve blogged about Rochioli previously in the The 2015 Zinfandel Chronicles Power RankingsReflections on Two Days in the Russian River Valley and the Fab 5 of Mailing Lists.

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2011 Rochioli Sauvignon Blanc – 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 recently published a detailed map of the Estate Vineyard that is required viewing for fans of the winery.

Light gold in color. 14.5% ABV. Super nose of stone fruits, citrus and slate. Rich and oily on the palate with laser like acidity. Flavors of peach, green apple and minerals. The finish is exceptionally long. One of the best Sauvignon Blancs from Rochioli in recent memory. Drink over the next 1-2 years.

My rating: 92 points.

The current version was $38 off the mailing list.

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 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 patio and a few more to bring home for the cellar.

I’ve blogged about Rochioli previously in the The 2015 Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings and the Fab 5 of Mailing Lists.

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2002 Rochioli Pinot Noir West Block Vineyard – 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. Although best known for their world class Pinot Noir, Rochioli also produces remarkable Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

Rochioli recently published a detailed map of the Estate Vineyard that is required viewing for fans of the winery.

The grapes for this wine come from a 1.5 acre parcel of Rochioli Vineyard that was planted in 1969. Some of the oldest Pinot vines in California.

Crimson in color with some bricking at the edge of the glass. 14.2% ABV. Gorgeous nose of black fruits, baking spice, cloves and minerals. Light in body with perfect acidity. Black cherry, cranberry, sassafras and spice on the palate. The finish is seamless, plush and incredibly long. Great showing from the top wine in the Rochioli portfolio. It’s only April but this may be the best domestic Pinot Noir I drink this year. This wine still has some life left in it. Drink over the next 1-3 years.

My rating: 95 points.

The current version is $110 off the mailing list.

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 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 patio and a few more to bring home for the cellar.

I’ve blogged about Rochioli previously in the Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings, Reflections on Two Days in the Russian River Valley and the Fab 5 of Mailing Lists.

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2002 Rochioli Pinot Noir Three Corner Vineyard – 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. Although best known for their world class Pinot Noir, Rochioli also produces remarkable Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

Three Corner Vineyard is a small triangle shaped parcel at the southern end of Rochioli Vineyard. The winery recently published a detailed map of the Estate Vineyard that is required viewing for fans of the winery.

Crimson in color. 14.2% ABV. Super nose of red fruits, sarsaparilla and cloves. Medium body with excellent acidity. Great length and depth on the palate. Flavors of cranberry, black cherry and spice. The finish is long and belies the fact that this wine is 13 years old. A great showing. Russian River Valley Pinot Noir at its very finest. Drink over the next year or two.

My rating: 95 points.

The current version is $85 off the mailing list.

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 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 patio and a few more to bring home for the cellar.

I’ve blogged about Rochioli previously in the Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings, Reflections on Two Days in the Russian River Valley and the Fab 5 of Mailing Lists.

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2006 Rochioli Chardonnay River Block Vineyard – 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. Although best known for their world class Pinot Noir, Rochioli also produces remarkable Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

Rochioli recently published a detailed map of the Estate Vineyard that is required viewing for fans of the winery.

River Block is a 13 acre parcel of Rochioli Vineyard planted in 1989.

Light gold in color. 14.2% ABV. Delicate aromas of pear, lemon curd and honeysuckle. Rich and full bodied with wonderful acidity. Lush and creamy on the palate with flavors of lemon meringue, hazelnuts, pear and green apple. The wine finishes strong. Super showing for a nine year old Russian River Valley Chardonnay. Drink in the short term.

My rating:  92 points.

The current version is $65 off the mailing list.

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 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 patio and a few more to bring home for the cellar.

I’ve blogged about Rochioli previously in the Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings, Reflections on Two Days in the Russian River Valley and the Fab 5 of Mailing Lists.

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2001 Rochioli Pinot Noir West Block Vineyard – 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. Although best known for their world class Pinot Noir, Rochioli also produces remarkable Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

Rochioli recently published a detailed map of the Estate Vineyard that is required viewing for fans of the winery.

The grapes for this wine come from a 1.5 acre parcel of Rochioli Vineyard that was planted in 1969. Some of the oldest Pinot vines in California.

Light crimson in color. 14.2% ABV. Red fruits, forest floor and baking spice on the nose. Remarkably complex and exceptionally balanced. Delicate yet powerful. Cherries, pomegranate, rhubarb, mushroom and cloves on the palate. Great finish. Holding up well for a 13 year old California Pinot Noir but it will never get better than it is right now.

My rating: 94 points.

The current version is $110 off the mailing list.

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 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 patio and a few more to bring home for the cellar.

I’ve blogged about Rochioli previously in the Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings, Reflections on Two Days in the Russian River Valley and the Fab 5 of Mailing Lists.

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