The delicious 2008 Pinot Noir Estate (just under 4,000 cases produced) is one of the finest generic Pinots one can find from Russian River. It exhibits sweet pomegranate, raspberry, cherry, roasted herb notes along with a hint of smoky oak in its seductive, round, opulent personality. It should drink well for 7-8 years. This is another beautiful portfolio of wines from Tom Rochioli. Since they all possess a similar style, one can quibble over just how much difference there is between all the different cuvees of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. However, there are subtle differences that I will do my best to articulate. With respect to his Pinot Noirs, Rochioli completely destems his grapes, does a cold soak for 4-5 days, and keeps the wines in 100% Francois Freres French cooperage for 14-16 months or less. The wines are racked directly from barrel to tank, and are bottled without fining or filtration. (RP)
Bright medium red. Fresh red berries and flowers on the nose, with spice and smoky notes emerging with air. Deep in red fruit flavor but light on its feet, offering zesty strawberry and cherry flavors and a touch of cola. The smoky note returns on the long, gently sweet finish. This is drinking well now. (ST)
Light ruby. Quite complex even if a little beetrooty. Sweet start. Lacks the finesse of the Cristom 2007 tasted immediately before it. Very sweet and rich and somehow rather less forgivable in a Pinot than a Chardonnay. Good effort but lacks finesse. A little tough. (JR)
Intense, vibrant and racy, showing a chewy side to the wild berry, black cherry, plum, spice and mineral flavors that are raw, rustic, and in need of cellaring. Best from 2011 through 2017. 1,456 cases made. (JL)
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