Jeff Nowak's Tasting Of Wines That Really Blow Part II: This Time It's Personal

Tasted Wednesday, June 9, 2010 by kstoddard with 554 views

Flight 1 (3 Notes)

  • 2007 J. Rochioli Chardonnay River Block 89 Points

    USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley

    Golden yellow color. Tropical fruit nose with some vanilla oak. Tastes of apple, melon, and lime with an enormous oak backbone. Well balanced with refreshing acidity. Lime citrus finish with some depth and complexity. 14.2% alcohol.

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  • 2007 J. Rochioli Chardonnay South River Vineyard 85 Points

    USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley

    Golden yellow color. Apples on the nose. Apple, lemon, and lime fruit on the palate. The acidity has an unpleasant sharpness. Tart citrus finish. 14.2% alcohol.

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  • 2007 J. Rochioli Chardonnay Sweetwater Vineyard 87 Points

    USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley

    Golden yellow color. Lemon fruit with some limestone on the nose. Tastes of apple, melon, and lemon. Good balance. Slightly tart acidity. Rich caramel and citrus finish with some depth. 14.2% alcohol.

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Flight 2 (4 Notes)

  • 2004 J. Rochioli Pinot Noir Little Hill 85 Points

    USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley

    Deep ruby color. Earthy nose of cherry and raspberry fruit. Tastes of cherry, cinnimon, and blackberry. Wierd mid palate. Medium bodied. Slight heat on the finish. 14.2% alcohol.

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  • 2004 J. Rochioli Pinot Noir East Block Flawed

    USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley

    Deep ruby color. Tart nose of red berry with acetone. Undrinkable. 14.2% alcohol.

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  • 2004 J. Rochioli Pinot Noir River Block Flawed

    USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley

    Deep ruby color. Black cherry nose. Tastes of cherry and blackberry with some cola notes. Slight VA problem. Tart finish with some heat. 14.2% alcohol.

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  • 2004 J. Rochioli Pinot Noir West Block 87 Points

    USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley

    Dark ruby color. Nose of cherry cola. Tastes of blackberry, charred oak and earth. Spicy finish. 14.2% alcohol.

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Flight 3 (3 Notes)

  • 2005 J. Rochioli Pinot Noir Little Hill

    USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley

    Deep ruby color. VA on the nose. Tastes of cola and earth with some coffee notes. Tart finish. 14.2% alcohol.

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  • 2006 J. Rochioli Pinot Noir Little Hill 86 Points

    USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley

    Deep ruby color. Black cherry jello nose. Tastes of cherry, blackberry and charred oak. Refreshing acidity with some reasonable balanced. Earthy finish. Lacking the complexity to be a truly great wine. 14.4% alcohol.

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  • 2007 J. Rochioli Pinot Noir Little Hill 85 Points

    USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley

    Deep ruby color. Raspberry aromas. Flavors of black cherry, raspberry and earth. Bitter chalky finish. These Rochioli Pinot's are just not working for me in general. Not sure what all the fuss is about. 14.5% alcohol.

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Flight 4 (2 Notes)

Flight 5 (4 Notes)

  • 2006 Sanguis As The Crow Flies Flawed

    USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Maria Valley

    Corked. Quite unfortunate as this wine has been spectacular in the past. 14.9% alcohol.

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  • 2006 Dominio Pingus Ribera del Duero Flor de Pingus

    Spain, Castilla y León, Ribera del Duero

    Dark purple color. Black fruit with some charred oak notes on the nose. Charred oak also dominates the mid palate and finish. The fruit seems to be in hiding. Completely shut down I am assuming. Chewy tannins. Needs time. Respectfully left unrated. 14.5% alcohol.

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  • 1998 Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili Flawed

    Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco

    Brick red color. Stewed fruit. Heat damaged. Bottle No. 3033. 14% alcohol.

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  • 2000 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 91 Points

    France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage

    Dark ruby color. Spicy red fruit aromatics. Flavors of raspberry, cherry, anise and earth. Very well balanced. You can sense the extreme depth and complexity of this wine even thought it is quite shutdown at the moment. Full bodied. Very firm tannins. Not giving an inch. Hold for 5-10 more years at least. This wine showed much more 3 years ago. 13% alcohol.

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