2009 Rochioli "West Block" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 Pinot Noir West Block is an exotic wine bursting with dark red cherries, kirsch, hard candy, flowers, licorice and spices. There is plenty of energy, tension and supporting structure to balance some of the wine’s more overt, explosive leanings. The finesse of the 2009 vintage comes across nicely on the polished finish. (AG)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep ruby. The most powerful of this vintage's pinots, displaying deeply pitched scents of black raspberry, cherry-cola and violet, plus a hint of anise. Then rich but lively on the palate, offering sweet red and dark berry preserve flavors and exotic floral and gingerbread nuances. Lush and creamy on the extremely long finish, which features suave spice and red berry notes.
*Cellar Selection* A big, rich, dense, extracted Pinot. It’s tremendously rich in red and black cherry, rhubarb, pomegranate, cola and spice flavors, and feels elegant and balanced. This was a ripe vintage with a long hangtime, yet the wine shows no trace of supermaturity. Silky and crisp, it’s young now, with a pucker of cherry-skin tannins. Age this one.
Pure, tight and focused on vivid flavors of wild berry, blackberry and mineral, joined by a touch of cedar. This is full-bodied and gaining velocity, returning to the pure berry theme on the finish.