International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92($60) 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.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: January/February 2007
Wine Advocate | Rating: 97One 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. It should be consumed over the next decade. Kudos to Tom Rochioli, one of the truly great guys of the wine business.Author: Robert Parker
Wine Spectator | Rating: 93Ripe 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. 400 cases made.Author: James Laube
Burghound | Rating: 91This 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.Author: Allen MeadowsIssue: 4th Quarter, 2007
Self | Rating: 91spice and bing cherries along with a hint of violets. a very nice pinot with good balance and a long finish.Drink Dates: 2008-2015Author: Serl Z
Self | Rating: 95Unbelievable. By far the best of the single vineyards from 2004. Drink now or up to another 4 years.Author: Spank
The result has been a decades-long tradition of outstanding vintages: Silky-smooth, fruit-forward Pinot Noirs; rich, opulent Chardonnays; and tangy, food-friendly Sauvignon Blancs.
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Collector Data For This Wine
- 220 bottles owned
- 79 collectors
- Average collector rating: 93
(Out of 79 collectors)