Wine Advocate | Rating: 95I thought the 2012 Pinot Noir Little Hill was a dead-ringer for a grand cru Richebourg from France. It offers layers and layers of black raspberry and blackberry fruit intermixed with a subtle hint of toast, a full-bodied mouthfeel and a decadent, luxurious finish that goes on and on. It should drink well for 8-10 years.Author: Robert Parker
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93Brilliant red. Mineral-accented red berry and cherry aromas are complicated by a spicy element and a suggestion of floral oils. Taut and sharply focused on entry, then broader and fleshier in the middle, offering sweet black raspberry and cherry liqueur flavors nicely lifted by tangy acidity. Shows very good concentration as well as vivacity and finishes spicy and long, with silky tannins folding quickly into the wine's fruit.Author: Josh RaynoldsIssue: May/June 2014
Self | Rating: 95Author: Johnnymd
Self | Rating: 95WA 93-95 (Parker): I thought the 2012 Pinot Noir Little Hill was a dead-ringer for a grand cru Richebourg from France. It offers layers and layers of black raspberry and blackberry fruit intermixed with a subtle hint of toast, a full-bodied mouthfeel and a decadent, luxurious finish that goes on and on. It should drink well for 8-10 years. Most knowledgeable people in the wine world have enormous respect for the integrity, honesty and exceptionally high quality of the wines emanating from the Rochioli Vineyards in the Russian River area. Currently, Tom Rochioli runs the show, and if you are not on their mailing list, chances are you only have an opportunity to purchase their Estate Chardonnay, Estate Pinot Noir, and possibly their Sauvignon Blanc. Mailing list customers have access to their best single vineyard wines. The consistency of these wines, even in less than ideal vintages, has been remarkable over my career. When I saw Tom Rochioli in October, he was thrilled with what 2012 had provided, and was even more excited by the fact that 2013 may be even better. The Pinot Noirs are largely produced from different clonal materials, and each parcel represents different blocks within the Rochioli estate vineyards.Author: VinoDeparture
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
- 87 bottles owned
- 26 collectors
- Average collector rating: 95
(Out of 26 collectors)