2005 J Rochioli - Pinot Noir Estate 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 91

The 2005 Pinot Noir Estate offers delicious raspberry and black cherry fruit along with a hint of flowers, and crisp underlying acidity to buttress the beautiful texture and rich, heady mouthfeel. There are 4,000 cases of this cuvee, which was aged in one-third new Francois Freres barrels. Tom Rochioli told me considerable crop-thinning had to be done in 2005 to keep the Pinot Noir yields manageable. A blend of Dijon Clones 115 and 777 in addition to some of the old Pommard Clone, this stunning effort is the finest regular Pinot Noir Rochioli has yet produced.

Drink Dates: 2006-2016
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 168

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 90

Shows aromas of floral, cherry, wild berry and raspberry fruit. Compact and delicate on the palate, ending with an earthen floor and mushroom note that adds complexity.

Drink Dates: 2007-2010
Author: James Laube

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90

($42) Light red. Vibrant strawberry and raspberry on the nose, with an earthy rhubarb accent. Fine-grained and silky, with bright red berry flavors, good depth and a refreshing mineral quality on the finish. The suave texture and sweet red fruits reminded me of Volnay, as did the lush, harmonious tannins.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 132

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Author: trinidad
Tasted On: 05/26/2009
90 pts (WS): Shows aromas of floral, cherry, wild berry and raspberry fruit. Compact and delicate on the palate, ending with an earthen floor and mushroom note that adds complexity. Drinn now thorugh 2010. (4,030 cases)

Rating: 93
Author: nothoi
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 07/24/2010
Drink Dates: 2010-2012
Awesome!! Wish I had 2 cases of this stuff...

Rating: 92
Author: chaser
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 03/21/2010
Drank this at the perfect time. Nice cherry and rhubarb fruit with very light tannins. Very light in color, but medium bodied.

Rating: 90
Author: Steve
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 02/14/2014
Drink Dates: 2014
Great mineral and fruit, with tart finish, still with fruit/ nose, but lost color, drink now

Rating: 90
Author: Seaway J
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 10/20/2011
initial VA. 1 hour later, turned into something balanced. good acidity. lack finesse

Average rating: 89, based on 8 reviews
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About This Producer

With three generations of dedication to the land, Rochioli Vineyards and Winery has earned the reputation as one of Sonoma County's finest. This family legacy began in 1938, when Joe Rochioli Sr. purchased land he had long farmed. He had the foresight to know that the soil of the Russian River Valley would one day produce some of the world's greatest wines. His son Joe Jr. embraced this vision and today craft renowned, terrior-driven wines built on a foundation of superb fruit.

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.

Wine Varietal: Pinot Noir

Notorious for its fickle growing patterns, Pinot Noir vines prefer long, cool growing conditions and tend to mutate easily, leaving behind numerous clones and inconsistent flavor profiles. Although it is one of the three major varieties used in Champagne production, Burgundy is the traditional home of Pinot Noir. The 30-mile stretch of hills known as the Cote d'Or is valued as the world's premier production area. Pinot Noir is planted all over the world. In the United States, Sonoma, the Russian River Valley, Carneros and the Willamette Valley produce top-notch wines from this variety. Other notable countries include New Zealand, Australia, and Chile. Typical descriptors for Pinot Noir include strawberry, raspberry, cherry, mushroom, and meaty notes.

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