Tight out of the bottle but opened beautiful with the assistance of the Venturi. Fruit forward subtle to no tannins and a great finish. Purchased from the winery in Russian River. Got one of last few bottles in 2010. Glad we waited.
Popped and poured at a new-to-us restaurant with some pretty sophisticated cuisine. This was outstanding. Dark red/purple color, no real signs of age in the glass. Just a bit disjointed out of the bottle, but smoothed out wonderfully as it took on air. Some smoke and spice on the nose, along with dark cherries. Pleasant mouthfeel, lots of structure in the mouth, with a blending of red and dark fruit, good tannic structure, and a hint of smoke. Long, pleasant finish. I think this could age some more, but is drinking quite well now.
Perfumed combination of cola and spice on the nose, tart cherry on the palate with great acidity and a lingering finish that with emphasis on the cola and earth once again. Really good stuff. This is drinking really well after an hour of air, could use another year or two to hit it's prime, but this is very good juice.
Crimson in color. 14.5% ABV. Red fruits, cloves and minerals on the nose. Perfectly balanced and elegant with just the right amount of acidity. Cherries and cinnamon are prominent on the palate with a bit of cola and earth as well. Great finish. Still young and evolving with tons of potential. Drink over the next 3-5 years.
Took this to Rock Creek Lodge in Mammoth. Really nice pinot that reminded of my favorite Chasseur RRV's. Nice forest floor component. Fruit front and center, well balanced. Preferred to Larkmead LMV consumed later.
This was ostentatious. The nose is huge red and ripe fruit with a little cola. The body is smooth and rich, the palate has gobs of ripe fruit and a little wood. Though the palate and body are big, the wine stays in balance and does not surfeit.
Really nice, showing bold juicy fruit AND still light and true to the varietal. Despite a 14.5 alcohol level, didn't burn at all. The only thing it lacks is a depth and complexity. But for a straightforward tasty pinot, this is a very nice bottle. Wish it weren't so expensive.
This is a nice medium bodied pinot that maintains a the fruit and complexity that you like to have in a good pinot. Paired with Apple Pie Pork Chops the wine was perfect and you really got a lot of rasberry with the slightest white pepper on the finsh which was full and long. This has time left to grow and possible has another point or 2 higher score as it evolves. Drink now to 2017
One of my favorite producers of California Pinot. The single vineyard designates are sublime but even the basic bottling delivers consistently at a very high level. Bright red fruits, moderate acidity, and balanced tannins with a lingering finish.
At this stage, the acidity is lasering through. Beautiful earthy balance to the bright (but not overdone) fruit. Gorgeous nose, slight creaminess, a bit of a clipped finish but a decidedly well made PN. Overpriced, however, so I can't rate it higher.
Decanted for a couple of hours and then drank over two days. Very well-balanced. On the sweeter end of the spectrum with bright cherry, raspberry, and vanilla notes. Good acidity and a medium-length finish.
The unbelievably tasty tartness of cherries and cedar paired well with sweet onion soup and little gruyere toasts. The bouquet was all cherry, with a burst of flowers and cayenne on the palate...the finish, long and well-integrated. Whoa...
This is a beautiful, balanced Russian River Valley Pinot. Very expressive on the nose with black cherry, raspberry, and cedar notes. Excellent mouthfeel and fine tannins with a long, somewhat spicy finish. The bright acidity will ensure that this wine will continue to improve over the next few years as the wine further integrates. While drinking nicely now, this one will develop well over the next 3-6 years and will likely hold up beyond that. PJP 2012.
A great winery, and a great wine maker, that really knows how to make their wine Sing! Bright Red berry fruit, Hot day in field of flowers, brick and stick. Maybe a hint of smokey bacon? The Frontal attack of fruit is so pure and delicious, then continues to hit the mid-palate like a razor!. Just love this Pinot, and I am not a Pinot fan typically. Yeah!
This just blew me away. Rich and velvet in texture and body. Black cherries, raspberries, chocolate, cola, and cedar. It's got perhaps a bit too much wood tannin, but it's pretty darn young, so that may well smooth out. Finishes sweet and long.
On day one this featured nice acidity and clean fruit, but lots of oak. Day two was much more interesting with the oak still apparent and tar, cherry, animal, and spice. Some tannins on the finish. Decant or hold.
Cherry juice, rose water, Cloves, nutmeg, watermelons, Twizzlers, and raspberries. Nice concentration and movement, floral fruitiness expanding in the mouth... Steadfast in my previous conclusions, great wine. That "strawberry and cream" I sensed before still pervades, ever indulgently pusueing me. Attracted to the balance here, the slight green is welcomed.
Initial burst of sweet dried cherry follwed by an elegant finish. Mild undertones of holiday spices. Quick finish from the sweetness up front to hitting the brakes and closing the taste. Really nice wine now, but may soften and develop over a few years.
Bright and clear in color. It heats up my nose with berry aromas and cut cedar nuiances. Full bodied flavor with intense strawberry and chocolate combination. The flavors linger longer than i can wait before i try more! Chill slightly as the 14.5% alcohol may be a conservative number.
Tasting at Rochioli: 75% of the fruit for this wine came from the Sweetwater vineyard. Aged 15 months in French oak. Bright ruby/garnet color with notes of black cherry and lavender with a nice earthy/funky undertone. Juicy acidity; red cherry, nutmeg and spice flavors persist through a long finish.
Youthful but a wine of great quality. Black cherry color. Pretty nose of red and black cherry, baking spice, and a subtle floral element that is almost overshadowed by remaining bits of toasty oak that haven't fully resolved. In the mouth, terrific balance and intensity, with plenty of forward fruit but also a terrific refinement as the layers of complexity unfold. The acidity is very well balanced, and the finish, while showing some tannic grip, is long and smooth. A-
Rochioli russian river Pinot 2009 Not as expressive on the nose as I first expected. Cherries, earthy notes and an interesting animal touch (not very common for a Pinot noir... Reminds me of a juicy bloody raw steak. Some spices and even mint on the back end. Good Minerality as well. Good concentration , generous fruit. Very young but very approachable right now. Good length At restaurant Barndiva in Healsburg California
Pnp. Strawberries and cream cheese, cherries, cola, a bit of balsamic, roses... soft luscious mouthfeel, some herbalness in the mid-palate. High-acid, dry, med/full-bodied. Clean and rich red-fruit, spice, green-ness. getting better... Very satisfying. Decanted. Opened-up very nicely. Still a smooth and rich mouthfeel. Mouth-filling cherries, watermelon rind, raspberry, pomegranate, radish...well-balanced, tasty.
This is my second Rochioli. The first one was was a west block and was a magical wine. This one is not a single vineyard but still epitomizes what a good US pinot should be all about. The great thing about both the wines was the floaty character of the wine and the acidity which made it so easy to drink up the whole bottle in a single sitting without any palette fatigue at all. Thats what happened with the first bottle. This one we drank over three days. The wine held up very well and even evolved a bit during that time. On the palette, I got cola, ripe cherries, and floral notes. But again, what made it special was the floaty body of the wine and its great balance between luscious fruit and acidity. Medium bodied, good length, and spicy finish. Have it now or over the summer. Can definitely pair it with cheeses like roquefort, brie and camembert.