International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92($65) Dark red. Suave red berry-dominated nose hints at clove, cinnamon and vanilla bean. Lush and filled in, with deep, sweet raspberry and strawberry liqueur flavors and light, dusty tannins. Finishes on a vibrant red fruit note, with outstanding breadth and length. I'd drink this on the young side although I'm sure it will keep.Author: Josh RaynoldsIssue: May/June 2007
Wine Spectator | Rating: 86A loamy, savory style, with more aromatics than generous flavors, with sage, dried cherry, anise and smoky earth and mushroom flavors.Author: James Laube
Burghound | Rating: 84In contrast to the beauty of the East Block, here the nose is troubled. A bizarre nose features a mix of floral notes that are marred by reduction, onion and garlic notes and while the round, rich and slightly edgy middle weight flavors are attractive enough, the overall impression is not what it should be.Author: Allen MeadowsIssue: 4th Quarter, 2008
Wine Advocate | Rating: 95There are 500 cases of the 2005 Pinot Noir Little Hill Vineyard. Reminiscent of a Russian River version of a top-notch Richebourg, it exhibits a dense ruby/purple hue along with scents of roasted meats, kirsch liqueur, blackberries, spring flowers, and spice. About 50% new French oak is used, but it is completely absorbed by the wine's wealth of fruit and texture. Kudos to Tom Rochioli, one of the wine world's great guys who, without any fanfare, continues to turn out world-class wines of extraordinary aromatic and flavor dimensions.Author: Robert Parker
Self | Rating: 93Author: swimmer
Self | Rating: 19Awesome wine it was almost perfectly smooth with interesting minerals with Berry fruit. Tasted with beaux frere ribbon ridge 2008,and thought Rochioli was drinking better.Drink Dates: 2014Author: Steve
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
- 316 bottles owned
- 91 collectors
- Average collector rating: 94
(Out of 91 collectors)