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2016 Rochioli River Block Pinot Noir

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ITEM 8315057 - Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine storage unit; Purchased direct from winery

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I8315056 1 $65 Jul 10, 2022
I8148529 1 $70 Mar 20, 2022
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95Jeb Dunnuck

...heavenly bouquet of spiced cherries, strawberries, forest floor, and graphite, it's medium-bodied, beautifully textured and layered on the palate, with terrific purity.

94+ The Wine Advocate up notions of red currants, warm cranberries, violets and chocolate box with suggestions of rose hip tea and tobacco. Medium to full-bodied with buckets of vibrant red fruits on offer in the mouth...

92Wine Spectator

Deftly balanced, with a pleasing mix of red and dark berry, spice, loamy earth, cedar, anise and sage flavors, ending on a gliding finish.

92Vinous / IWC a wild, potent wine. Floral and savory notes are pushed forward while the fruit component lies more in the background.



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.