Easy to love this Pinot for its broadly appealing wild cherry, Dr. Pepper cola and sweet sandalwood flavors. The sandy River Block vineyard site shouldn't produce Pinot as great as it always does, but Rochioli's superior vineyard management makes it outstanding, and ageable as well. *Cellar Selection*
The 2011 Pinot Noir River Block is much more expressive than the Sweetwater. Juicy, dark cherries, plums, tobacco, licorice and leather jump from the glass. A big, broad-shouldered wine, the 2011 stands out for its pure richness in this cool vintage. With time in the glass, the River Block shows more of its masculine, virile personality. Tobacco and scorched earth nuances add the final layers of complexity. (AG)
Vivid ruby. High-pitched aromas of strawberry, raspberry and Asian spices are complemented by a subtle floral pastille element. Zesty and precise, with tangy red berry and candied rose flavors that show very good focus and pick up a touch of allspice in the mid-palate. Finishes juicy and long, with resonating spiciness and subtle tannins. (ST)
Joe Rochioli, Jr., planted these vines in 1989 along a bend in the Russian River, his son Tom having isolated the best sector of the block to highlight in a single-vineyard wine. The rich soils create a rich and luxurious wine, a dark cushion of sweet cherries and plums. Gentle oak spice works into the volume of fruit, the wine feeling concentrated while weightless. The salty/sweet balance will complement Peking duck.
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