External Reviews for J. Rochioli Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Barrel Select
For many wineries, this would be their top Pinot. For Rochioli, it's their basic bottling. Shows ripe cherry pie, root beer, cola, tea, spice and what Michael Broadbent used to call beetroot flavors, yet is delicate and silky, almost weightless. Drink this yummy wine now.
Marked by leathery, beefy, dry leaf flavors. It veers into spicy cherry and anise notes, gaining complexity and depth, though it's a tad green and lacks fruit purity. Drink now through 2005.
The medium ruby-colored 2000 Pinot Noir Estate exhibits a sweet perfume of dusty cherries intermixed with plum, loamy soil, and mineral notes. Medium-bodied and impeccably clean, with excellent length as well as ripeness, and enough acidity to provide definition and uplift, it will drink well for 4-5 years.
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 now through 2010.
The lush, opulent, full-bodied 2004 Pinot Noir Estate reveals dense plum, sweet cherry, and pomegranate characteristics interwoven with spice box. This intense, but light-on-its-feet, sexy Pinot should be consumed during its first 4-5 years of life.
Openly fruity, with plum, black cherry, mineral and spice notes that show a touch of cedar. Medium- to full-bodied, retaining its delicate profile. Drink now through 2017.
A classy effort, well-structured and easy-drinking, with complex black cherry, vanilla, currant and forest floor notes. The tannins on the finish are firm and tight, letting the fruit shine through on the finish. Drink now through 2009.