2011RochioliValdigue2011 Rochioli, Valdigue, Estate Grown, Russian River Valley.
Valdigue, the rare French vatical, formerly thought to be Gamay in California, is a fun and Beaujolais like red wine with pretty color, spice and fruity charms, while not overly serious as wines go, this is a seriously must have for me, I just adore this wine and coming from Rochioli and at this nice price, it is a winner in my book, and voting with my wallet, I took more than a few bottles home in a selfish frenzy. I bought myself quite a few of the previous vintage and managed to stash a couple away to check out later, but this new 2011 vintage is just so delightful, I doubt I’ll save any. This, like the Rose, is a Rochioli tasting room only wine, and the production is tiny, so best get there quick, this is not a wine you want to miss out on. The 2011 Valdigue starts out with dark flowers, peppery spices and hints of walnut oil and crushed berries leading to a vibrant palate of strawberry, loganberry and fresh picked plum with notes of garden herbs, lavender and cinnamon stick. Light to medium bodied, vibrant, soft tannins and a hint of citrus acidity add to the energy and charm.
($20 Est.) 90+ Points, grapelive

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