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Rochioli Estate Pinot Noir 2016

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750ML / 14.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

This Estate is a blend of our many different vineyard sites, seventeen percent Little Hill, thirty-three percent Sweetwater, twenty percent West Block, twelve percent Big Hill, twelve percent East Block and six percent River Block. This full bodied wine possesses the typical Rochioli character and the Classic Russian River Valley charm. Aged in French oak for 15 months, the wine displays a full body and silky texture finish, with a balanced structure. Elegant and beautifully balanced, the aromas of ripe cherry, hints of vanilla and savory herbs, while the palate is juicy and refined with a hint of dusty cherry. The wine has a big rich mouth-feel, silky tannins and a long finish.

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Tom Rochioli is the third generation of this family to grow grapes on their farm, the vineyards rising up the west bank of the Russian River. He started bottling his own wine in 1985, and later developed a focus on single-parcel pinot noir. His estate blend is a fragrant, red-fruited pinot in 2016, a clean, gracious wine that seems to greet you with open arms. Oak plays a supporting role to the fruit that drives through the wine, lasting with fresh, floral, wild-berry flavors. Delicious.
RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Medium ruby-purple colored, the 2016 Pinot Noir Estate reveals lovely red currants, cinnamon stick, dried Provence herbs and fragrant earth notes over a core of crushed black cherries and raspberry tart. Medium to full-bodied, the juicy fruited palate offers a soft, satiny texture with great freshness, finishing with herb and earth sparks.

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The Rochioli family has been growing grapes on its 136-acre ranch since the 1930s. In 1987, Tom Rochioli created the first Rochioli Estate Pinot Noir which Wine Spectator named “The Best Pinot Noir in America.” The Rochioli Vineyard is situated in a very diverse part of the Russian River Valley promoting diversity in the soil types, proximity to the ocean, as well as the contours of the valley, allowing for morning fog and cool evening breezes.

With three generations of dedication to the land, Rochioli Vineyards & Winery has earned the reputation as one of Sonoma County’s finest wineries. The decades-long tradition of outstanding vintages continues today with wines that consistently receive rave reviews and 90+ scores. Always in demand, always revered and always rated among the best varietals sought after around the world.

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While the Russian River Valley is a large appellation with multiple climate zones and soil types, it is best known for cool-climate varieties, with Pinot Noir as the most celebrated. The grapes benefit from a reliable late afternoon flow of Pacific Ocean fog through the Petaluma Gap and along the Russian River Valley that ensures slow and steady ripening and the preservation of grape acidity. Today many of California’s most highly regarded Pinot Noir vineyards are in the Russian River Valley, along with its sub-appellation, Green Valley.

Historically Russian River Valley Pinot Noirs had bright red fruit and delicate earthy, mineral notes. But changes in viticultural and winemaking practices have led to stylistic changes in some of the region’s wines. Adjustments to canopy management, among other techniques, have resulted in riper fruit and bolder wines as well. These show flavors of black cherry, blackberry, cola, spice and darker, loamy earth tones, accenting traditional Pinot Noir notes of strawberry, raspberry and light cherry.

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