2004 Rochioli "Little Hill" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
One of the larger production offerings is the 400-case cuvee of 2004 Pinot Noir Little Hill Vineyard. Its floral, blueberry, raspberry, and sweet kirsch-like perfume is accompanied by liquid minerality notes. The deep ruby/purple-tinged color, intense fruit, broad, savory mid-palate, stunning purity, and good structure are reminiscent of a grand cru from Flagey Echezeaux. (RP)
Ripe and expressive, with a mix of black cherry, wild berry and raspberry fruit that's intense and concentrated. Finishes with a burst of fruit, herb and spice, with earthy, minerally tannins. Should age nicely. (JL)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Dark red. Captivating aromas of raspberry, strawberry and sexy oak spice. Sweet, lush and round, with terrific sap and lift to the fruit-driven flavors of red berries and spices. Finishes firm but thoroughly ripe, with fine, dusty tannins and superb persistence. This is a stunning set of pinots from Rochioli: structured and sappy, with utterly delicious and seductively sweet red fruit and spice flavors. (ST)
Allen Meadows - Burghound
*Outstanding* This is ever so slightly riper with a more deeply pitched yet layered nose of red berry fruit, spice and warm earth hints that can also be found on the concentrated and attractively textured flavors that run to a sappy and dusty finish that delivers serious length. In addition to a bit more overall depth, the aspect that really differentiates this from the East Block is the better acid integration on the finish. Good stuff here.