Grapelive: Wine of the Week

rochpn06.jpg2006 Rochioli Pinot Noir Estate, Russian River Valley

One of my personal favorites, this wine does not disappoint and is a classic style Pinot Noir from this region with flavors and characters that remind me why I fell in love with this wine back in the early to mid nineties. This vintage has fresh grapey fruit and mid weight, it really did take me back in time like an old friend remembering the good old days. This Pinot shows crisp focus, lovely flowery perfume and a warm emotional exciting palate of raspberry, cherry and plum fruit. The acidity is zesty and really keeps this wine lively and balanced with a subtle pure velvet texture. There is a beautiful subtle French oak note that gives a certain vanilla and cream essence, but doesn’t take away any of the pretty fruit, rose petal, spice and light mineral element. I seem to smile and think of wild flowers and strawberries while sipping this Pinot and for that I’m happy and content. (Est. $55-65)

94 Points, grapelive

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