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2012 Rochioli River Block Pinot Noir

Lightly depressed cork; label condition issue

ITEM 8240254 - Removed from a subterranean, temperature and humidity controlled residential cellar; Consignor is original owner

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Item Sold Amount Date
I8268864 1 $51 Jun 12, 2022
I8220785 1 $55 May 15, 2022
I8210976 1 $55 May 8, 2022
I8179734 2 $60 Apr 17, 2022
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96Vinous / IWC

Vibrant, mineral-accented black raspberry & cherry-cola on the perfumed nose & palate. Sappy & precise with very good depth & a spine of acidity that adds lift & cut. Pure, focused & energetic pinot noir with excellent finishing power...

92-94Robert M. Parker Jr.

...plum, Asian spice and floral characteristics as well as hints of forest floor and wet stone. With considerable power, it builds incrementally on the palate, finally opening to reveal a full-bodied, intense mouthfeel...



Rochioli Vineyards is a 161-acre winery in the Russian River Valley. Though the winery wasn’t founded until 1982, the Rochioli family has been farming land in the Russian River Valley since the early 20th century, and in fact it still supplies grapes to other producers. Joe Rochioli Sr. bought land in the valley in 1938, and the winery is today owned and operated by the Rochioli family. The estate makes Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc. Robert M. Parker Jr. has noted that the winery is “run by one of the outstanding grape-growing and winemaking families of Sonoma, Tom and Joe Rochioli. Everything here is of terrific quality…”


United States, California, Sonoma, Russian River Valley

Russian River Valley AVA is named for the river that meanders from Mendocino County in the north until it finally runs into the Pacific Ocean north of San Francisco. The AVA is cool thanks to its proximity to the northern California coast and the river, and grape growers must learn to deal with regular fog. Nevertheless in recent decades the AVA has become one of the best in the state, meaning that its wines often earn excellent reviews and have considerable cachet. The AVA status was awarded in 1983 and today the appellation has 15,000 vineyard acres. Chardonnay is the most widely planted grape though Pinot Noir has also been very successful in recent decades. Russian River Valley Pinot Noir are known for being rich, lush and filled with concentrated fruit and berry flavors. Russian River Pinot Noirs are today considered some of the best domestic Pinot Noirs.


Red Wine, Pinot Noir

This red wine is relatively light and can pair with a wide variety of foods. The grape prefers cooler climates and the wine is most often associated with Burgundy, Champagne and the U.S. west coast. Regional differences make it nearly as fickle as it is flexible.