2007 Rochioli "Estate" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Full red. Vibrant, spicy aromas of redcurrant, strawberry and fresh rose. Lithe red berry flavors are impressively precise and tangy, offering very good focus and slow-mounting sweetness. Finishes on a deeper cherry note, with excellent clarity and length. (ST)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2007 Pinot Noir Estate displays delicious plum, raspberry and black cherry notes, with hints of earth and roasted herbs. The wine is medium to full-bodied, already delicious, and should drink nicely for 7-8 years. (RP)
Dry and full-bodied, offering a core of loamy earth, dried berry, sage and light cedary oak. Complex and tight. Best to cellar. Best from 2011 through 2017. 1,232 cases made. (Web Only-2010)
Quote from Robert Parker: "One of the great wine families of Sonoma, the Rochiolis’ legacy dates back to the 1930s, which may not be quite as long as the Martinellis, who date back to the late 1800s, but underscores the extraordinary wine culture these families built with their meticulous attention to top vineyard sites, which today are some of the gems of Northern California. The Chardonnays are all superb and very consistent, even in vintages such as 2006. Having their own vineyards obviously makes a huge difference, and the farming is impeccable. Production on all these cuvees ranges from 150 to 450+ cases, and the clone choices are Rochioli, Wente, Mt. Eden, and Hanzell clones. Obviously, Rochioli prefers California heritage clones over the newer Dijon clones from Burgundy. Tom Rochioli’s approach to Pinot Noir is definitely hands-off. He destems 100%. (As he says, “No one eats the stems of apples, peaches, or apricots.”) He ages everything in 100% Francois Freres cooperage, and does not touch the wines until they are racked out of barrel to be assembled for bottling, which is done with neither fining nor filtration. These consistently brilliant wines are among my favorite Pinot Noirs of California."