Rochioli West Block Pinot Noir 2010
Pinot Noir from Russian River, California
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
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
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%.
This vineyard was planted in 1970 and is now the oldest Pinot Noir planting on our property. Black cherries, vanilla, anise, and smoke in the nose with rich cherry and vanilla flavors that are full and balanced by the soft tannins and firm acidity. This is a very concentrated wine.
"We can quibble over whether the cherries are red or black, or if it's persimmons or pomegranates, or if the mushrooms are fresh or sautéed, but that's the point. This wine is so complex, it initiates discussion. Fine acidity and rich tannins provide structure, and although the wine is silky enough to enjoy now, you really want to give it 6–8 years.
"Bright ruby. Deeply pitched red and dark fruit aromas are complicated by licorice and violet pastille and incense. Stains the palate with intense black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors, gaining sweetness and breadth with air. Shows sexy oak spice and rose notes on the strikingly pure, powerful, very long finish."
International Wine Cellar
"The 2010 Pinot Noir West Block is a deep, layered wine. Blackberry jam, exotic spices, black cherries, menthol and spices wrap around the palate. The West Block impresses for its sensual personality and long, pure finish. This is a decidedly plush, fruit-driven expression of Pinot. There is less aromatic delineation than in most of the other wines. Ultimately, the West Block will be enjoyed most by readers who enjoy opulent, explosive Pinots. There is no shortage of personality here."
Vinous / Antonio Galloni
"Offers a berry thicket scent, with earthy berry and underbrush notes and firm, chewy tannins, yet the wild edge gives this an added element of excitement."
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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.
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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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Pinot Noir(PEE-noh nwahr)
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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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