The 2015 Pinot Noir is terrific, with classic black raspberries and cherry fruits intermixed with spice-cake, incense, and dried flower/potpourri nuances. All from the Russian River Valley and aged 15 months in French oak, this beauty is medium to full-bodied, elegant and layered, with impressive depth and purity, as well as richness. It's going to drink nicely for at least a decade. (JD)
Creamy, spicy, vanilla-tinged oak adds an attractive aromatic element and textural suppleness to the core of zesty wild blackberry and spicy scents, enlivened by snappy acidity and vibrant tannins. Drink now through 2025. (JL)
Medium ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Pinot Noir Estate offers intense black cherry, red currant and mulberry notes with a spicy undercurrent of cinnamon, cloves and anise. Medium-bodied, it provides mouth-filling cherry and spice flavors with a good frame of grainy tannins and plenty of freshness. (LPB)
The 2015 Pinot Noir Estate is big, rich and powerful. Dark cherry, plum, lavender, tobacco, menthol and licorice are some of the signatures. This is a decidedly dark, powerful vintage for the Estate. Ripeness is on the edge, and the flavors are also a bit roasted today. I would prefer to drink the 2015 sooner rather than later. Tom Rochioli's 2015 Chardonnays are fabulous. Rochioli reports that yields were about average, which might explain why the wines are so well balanced, harmonious and fresh. Pinot yields were much lower. As a result, the wines are intense and ripe to the point of being exotic. Some blocks on the property handled the conditions of the year - namely considerable shatter during flowering and a very early harvest - better than others. That is exactly what comes through in the wines. All that said, Rochioli picks a little earlier than he used to and is now experimenting with stems on the Pinots, all of which give wines that have more energy and overall freshness than they had just a few years ago, while still maintaining plenty of the Russian River exuberance that is such a hallmark of these wines. (AG)
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