Rochioli Sweetwater Pinot Noir 2011

Pinot Noir from Russian River, California

Price: $129.00
Item No. 130941
  • ST93
  • V91
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.

Ratings Pedigree:

Critical Acclaim

"Deep ruby. Pungent, smoke-accented aromas of cherry and dark berries, with cola and licorice accents. Weighty and chewy in texture, offering powerful cherry-cola and black raspberry flavors and an energizing note of white pepper. Closes with excellent clarity and length, leaving notes of mocha and cola behind. The most masculine of this year's set of pinots from Rochioli and the one most in need of patience."
93 Points

"The 2011 Pinot Noir Sweetwater is quite closed today. There is good density and length in the fruit, but the elements haven’t fully come together just yet, probably because of the recent bottling, one month before this tasting. Sweet floral notes meld into hints of tobacco and new leather, but the fruit remains a bit muted today. It will be interesting to see where the Sweetwater goes in the next 6-12 months. Score: 91+ Points"
91 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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