Very sweet, young, characteristically Russian River. Mostly blackberry, hints of raspberry. Has that Rochioli brown sugar sweetness, still at age 11. Not especially complex. Just the barest hints of secondary flavors on the finish. One bottle left; I'll plan to drink it 2017-2020. I anticipate it will evolve nicely, though I'm not sure I'll like it more than today. 89/100, possibly this is ungenerous.
Medium ruby red in color with ever so slight clearing at the edges. Fragrant, attractive & developed nose of ripe red fruit aromas of cherries, strawberries & plums with toasty/earthy overtones, some floral notes, truffles, minerals, spices, cola, some cocoa and vanilla notes in the background. Medium bodied with a good concentration of smooth textured, balanced, developed, rich, ripe fruit flavors of sweet cherries, tart cranberries & plums with spices, minerals, earthy, cola, truffles and a touch of vanilla. Lingering silky finish. Drinks well at present and don't see any potential for continued development from further aging, so drink up soon.
This is a stellar Pinot Noir, with incredible fruit and a long finish of dried cranberries, cherries, and sweet spice. Thanks to its acidity and tannins, it is drinking beautifully for a 10-year old Pinot. I think it will age well for several years more and simply enter a different stage of evolution, not necessarily a decline. The French wish they could make a wine like this at this price point.
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(J. Rochioli Pinot Noir Russian River Valley) Group's #2 (my #3) – 54 pts; 0, 3, 3, 0 – medium cherry red color; appealing tart red fruit, soy and rosehips nose; earthy, tart red fruit, cherry, soy, with good structure; medium finish
(J. Rochioli Pinot Noir Russian River Valley) Group's #6 (my #3) - lovely, faintly barnyardy and sausage nose; tasty, solid Burgundian tart red fruit with a little juiciness on medium finish 90+ pts. ($42, 14.2%)