ROCHIOLI RUSSIAN RIVER PINOT NOIR - 2000
Joe Rochioli purchased the 161-acre California vineyard in the late 1950s. His son, Tom, began to produce the first Rochioli wines in the mid 1980s and quickly made a name for himself with excellent Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc. This Pinot has 14.2% alcohol.
Cherry red in color with a seductive dusty earth, oak, and vanilla nose. Incredibly smooth and soft on the palate with strong flavors of pomegranate accompanied by a mix of cherry, spice, cranberry and game.
SCORE & RECOMMENDATION:
Phenomenal. Maybe this is peaking at just the right time, but I was blown away by the nose and complexity of this wine. Delicate and powerful. Elegant and earthy. Wonderful red fruits. Simply outstanding. Purchased for $30 upon release years ago.