About five miles from our winery up the gently winding Westside Road, the 162-acre
Rochioli Vineyard was originally purchased in 1938 by Joe Rochioli, Sr. The vision of
growing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay along these fertile, gravelly soils was carried out
by Joe Jr. after his father’s passing in 1966. Of the 128 planted acres on the Rochioli
Vineyard, half is planted to various clones of Pinot Noir. This release brings together
several stand-out blocks on the property, including three planted in 1974, 1995 and
2000, where some of the vines come from cuttings taken from the original “mother”
block planted in 1968. At a time when Pinot Noir was virtually unknown here in the
Russian River Valley, Joe Rochioli Jr. was ahead of his time in selecting the Pommard
clone for these initial plantings.
This stunning offering from the famed Rochioli Vineyard opens with inviting aromas of
black tea, rose petals, and dried herbs. Classic Pinot Noir notes of ripe cherry, wild
strawberries, and pureed raspberries fill the glass and are complemented with an
essence of bay laurel, nutmeg, and Chanterelle mushrooms. The palate is framed by an
exceptional purity of fresh, red fruit that is carefully balanced with silky wood tannins and
delicate spices. Bright natural acidity coupled with an amazing textural depth, provide a
complex, lively mouthfeel and remarkable finish.
DISTANCE FROM WINERY
< 5 miles
160 acres total; 128 acres planted
Joe Rochioli, Jr., Owner and Vineyard Manager
VARIETALS SOURCED HERE
Pinot Noir: clones 115, 777, Pommard and Rochioli West Block Selection (Pommard)
Chardonnay: Mid-40s block planted to clones 5, 8, 12 and 76 on 039-16 rootstock; River Block planted to clone 5 on AxR#1 rootstock
The Rochioli Vineyard consists of approximately 128 planted acres, of which half is planted to various clones of Pinot Noir. The oldest vines are in the East Block, planted in 1968 and the West Block, planted in 1970, the East Block having the first ever Pinot Noir plantings in the Russian River Valley. At a time when Pinot Noir was almost unknown here in the Russian River Valley, Joe Rochioli Jr. was ahead of his time in selecting the Pommardclone for these initial plantings. The West Block is often referred to as the “mother block” since cuttings from this block were used for several other blocks on the Rochioli property, including the Allen Vineyard. Diverse soil properties, coupled with cool coastal influences, provide ideal conditions for grape growing and reflect the special character of the Rissian River Valley. Some of the oldest vines have been nurtured by three generations of the Rochioli family. Each clone and field selection has been carefully chosen to take advantage of soil type, elevation and exposure to the sun. The resulting grapes possess wonderful fruit flavors, with balanced acidity and tannin.
Pinot Noir: Vibrant fruit flavors with balanced acidity and tannin; notably elegant.
Chardonnay: Notably pure, fresh and transparent – with juicy stone fruit and tropical tones.