Rochioli Pinot Noir 2008

Pinot Noir from Russian River, California

Price: $62.99
Item No. 104564
  • RP92
  • W&S91
  • ST90
Style: Smooth & Supple

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.

Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2012
  • ST91
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Winemaker's Notes

The grapes for the 2008 Estate Pinot Noir were selected from our many different vineyard sites. The blend is seventy-two percent from the Sweetwater Vineyard and twenty-eight percent from different sites on our property. The wine possesses the typical Rochioli character and classic Russian River Valley charm. Aged in French oak for 15 months, it displays a full body and silky texture finish with a firm and balanced structure.

Critical Acclaim

"The delicious 2008 Pinot Noir Estate (just under 4,000 cases produced) is one of the finest generic Pinots one can find from Russian River. It exhibits sweet pomegranate, raspberry, cherry, roasted herb notes along with a hint of smoky oak in its seductive, round, opulent personality. It should drink well for 7-8 years. Range: 90-92 "
92 Points

"From the Rochioli family's famed estate vineyard at a bend in the Russian River, this is stemmy and youthfully tight. It's a study in contrast: the color is transparent, the aroma black, as if you can smell the substantial extract in the wine. The texture is supple and juicy, with a bright spike in the finish. No flavor detail has emerged yet, just a black and smoky impression that lasts. Roast eggplant stuffed with veal may bring out the wine's complexity."
91 Points

"Bright medium red. Fresh red berries and flowers on the nose, with spice and smoky notes emerging with air. Deep in red fruit flavor but light on its feet, offering zesty strawberry and cherry flavors and a touch of cola. The smoky note returns on the long, gently sweet finish. This is drinking well now."
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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