Rochioli Little Hill Pinot Noir 2010

Pinot Noir from Russian River, California

Item No. 118617
  • red wine
  • WS95
  • ST94
  • V93
Style: Earthy & Spicy

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Ratings Pedigree:

Winemaker's Notes

Rich concentrated aromas of black cherry with a touch of earth that is unique to this vineyard. Its full flavors and firm structure make this wine a great one for your cellar. Fourteen barrels were bottled.

Critical Acclaim

"Deceptively rich and layered, with a loamy earth and cranberry edge to the medley of red berry and dusty earth flavors. Pure, clean and focused, this is tight and closed, so best to cellar short term."
95 Points

"Bright red. High-pitched, pure aromas of cherry, raspberry preserves and fresh flowers. Suave, expansive and sweet but also tangy and sharply defined, offering spice-accented flavors of raspberry, cherry-cola and minerals. Impeccably fresh and energetic pinot with striking intensity, sappiness and floral persistence."
94 Points

"The 2010 Pinot Noir Little Hill is one of the more layered, textured wines in this lineup. Freshly cut flowers, sweet exotic spices, mint, orange peel and black cherries are woven together beautifully in this expressive, seductive Pinot. Layers of fruit build effortlessly towards the dramatic, layered finish. The main clones are Pommard, Rochioli and a Vosne-Romanee suitcase clone."
93 Points

"Charm marks this young Pinot Noir. It's softly luscious and delicious in raspberry and cherry jam, cola and sandalwood flavors. The acid-tannin structure is just fine. It shows a candied directness now, but you may want to cellar it for 5–6 years and see how it develops."
90 Points

Learn About Rochioli Map ItMap It

The Rochioli family has been growing grapes on its 136-acre ranch since the 1930s. In 1984, Tom Rochioli created the first wines to be produced under the Rochioli name. The 9000 case winery produces Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir.

Learn About Russian River

The Russian River Valley is named as such due to its proximity to the Russian River, the river itself named for the Russian fur traders who came down from Alaska in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The Russian River is agricultural land. While there is a focus on wine, beyond the vineyards are many small, family-owned farms cultivating everything from cattle to...

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Learn About Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir(PEE-noh nwahr) Pinot Noir is a finicky grape. It only grows in the right climate, with the right soils and the right care. Perhaps because it is so difficult is why it is so loved. Pinot Noir hails from Burgundy, a region known for crafting the most collectible and sought-after wines from this varietal. Not only does Pinot reign in Burgundy, it is also...

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