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2020 Rochioli Vineyard Pinot Noir

2020 Rochioli Vineyard Pinot Noir

Russian River Valley

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Tasting Notes
Deep ruby red in color, this Pinot Noir from the iconic Rochioli River Block is brimming with aromas of Bourbon-soaked cherries, Bay Laurel, coriander and cherry wood aromas. Juicy, vibrant flavors of red cassis and succulent cherry unfurl on the palate, balanced by earthy, savory characteristics of tamarind chutney, Earl Grey tea, sweet pipe tobacco, fennel and zesty blood orange. The concentrated core of ripe red fruit lends a sweet suppleness to the polished tannins and mouthwatering acidity, creating an exquisite elixir-like texture with a persistent, velvety finish.
Vineyard Notes
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.

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