There are 500 cases of the 2005 Pinot Noir Little Hill Vineyard. Reminiscent of a Russian River version of a top-notch Richebourg, it exhibits a dense ruby/purple hue along with scents of roasted meats, kirsch liqueur, blackberries, spring flowers, and spice. About 50% new French oak is used, but it is completely absorbed by the wine’s wealth of fruit and texture. Kudos to Tom Rochioli, one of the wine world’s great guys who, without any fanfare, continues to turn out world-class wines of extraordinary aromatic and flavor dimensions. Pure and full-bodied with supple tannin as well as terrific acidity, this stunning Pinot is only exceeded by its sibling, the 2005 Pinot Noir West Block. (RP)
So young and immature now, but showing tremendous power, this is great Pinot Noir. It’s simply not ready yet, a little heavy, with fresh, zingy acidity, firm tannins and primary fruit flavors. There’s a tough, lockdown quality, but what a core of fruit. The essence of raspberries, cherries, mint, cola, and such a silky texture.
Dark red. Suave red berry-dominated nose hints at clove, cinnamon and vanilla bean. Lush and filled in, with deep, sweet raspberry and strawberry liqueur flavors and light, dusty tannins. Finishes on a vibrant red fruit note, with outstanding breadth and length. (ST)
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