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From J. Rochioli Vineyards & Winery: The Wines

2020 Rochioli Estate Russian River Valley Chardonnay

14.5% alc., 1,740 cases, $60-$62. 59% River Block, 31% Mid 40, and 10% Little Hill. Whole cluster pressed to barrel with no skin contact. 100% malolactic fermentation. · Mild golden yellow color in the glass. Richly aromatic with scents of lemon, warm nuts and oak spice with a hint of slate. Slightly creamy on the palate, offering citrus-inspired goodness with notes of pear and judicious oak in the background. Clean acidity with a touch of warmth on the finish. Score: 91. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2019 Rochioli Estate Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 3,198 cases, $60-$90 depending on source. Released January 2020. 53% Little Hill, 15% Big Hill, 14% West Block, 6% East Block, and 12% Sweetwater. Hand punch downs, aged 15 months in 3-year and 4-year air-dried Francois Fréres French oak barrels, 30% new. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Enticing aromas of cherry vanilla, strawberry, cola, and spice lead to a mid-weight styled palate with flavors of Bing cherry, spice, edible flower, and cola framed by suede tannins. Easygoing and forward, picking up interest and intensity when re-tasted the following day from a previously opened bottle. Still captivating two days after opening. Score: 94. WINERY » ARTICLE »


From Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery: Inseparably Linked to J. Rochioli Vineyards & Winery since 1982

2019 Gary Farrell Toboni Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., pH 3.33, TA 0.69, 629 cases, $60. Released September 2022. The Toboni Oakwild Ranch is located on the Santa Rosa Plain, an area blessed with morning fog and sunny, warm afternoons that heighten the intensity of the fruit flavors. Planted in 2001 to clones 115, 667, 777, and Pommard. The fruit was predominantly de-stemmed with a small percentage added later as whole clusters. 4-7 day cold soak and 7-10 day post-fermentation extended maceration. Aged 10 months in French oak barrels, 40% new. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. Reserved aromas of ripe strawberry, blackest cherry and earthy flora. Brooding flavors of purple and black berries in a mid-weight plus style. The tannins are rather tame, a shadow of oak plies the background, and the finish delivers length with a hint of alcoholic warmth. Score: 92. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2019 Gary Farrell Martaella Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.7% alc. pH 3.30, TA 0.68, 601 cases, $70. Released in September 2022. A blend of Calera, Mt Eden and Swan selections. The fruit was primarily de-stemmed. 5-7 day cold soak and 7-10 day post-fermentation extended maceration. Aged on the primary lees for 15 months in French oak puncheons, 40% new. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. The nose opens over time to reveal appealing aromas of black cherry, blackberry, baking spice, and chai tea. Mid-weight plus in richness, offering flavors of purple and black berries and black tea. Complimentary tannins and acidity with some finishing generosity. Noticeably better when sampled two days later from a previously opened bottle. Score: 93. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2019 Gary Farrell Rochioli-Allen Vineyards Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., $80. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Aromas of red cherry, oak spice and vanilla, and red rose petal. Inviting flavors of cherry, strawberry and raspberry framed by bright acidity and the slightest tannin. Satisfying, with a noticeably long finish. Score: 93. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2019 Gary Farrell Rochioli Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., pH 3.28, TA 0.71, 426 cases, $85. Released September 2022. Member exclusive. This wine brings together three blocks on the property, including those planted in 1974, 1995, and 2000 where some of the vines come from cuttings taken from the original mother block plantings dating to 1968. Harvest Brix 23.5º. 82% of the fruit de-stemmed and 18% added to the top of the fermenting tank as whole clusters. 7-day cold soak, 12 days of extended maceration following fermentation. Aged 15 months in French oak puncheons, 40% new. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. This nose is typical of what attracts me to Pinot Noir: aromas of dark Bing cherry, spice, dried cranberry, and pipe smoke. Well-endowed in a midweight plus style, with a flood of black cherry and raspberry goodness saturating the mid-palate. Almost meaty, yet polished, with seamless incorporation of oak and an extremely long and lip-smacking finish. A revelation and a great tribute to Joe Rochioli. Score: 98. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2018 Gary Farrell Rochioli Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., pH 3.55, TA 0.76, 538 cases, $80. Released September 2021. 80% of the fruit was gently de-stemmed and 20% was added to the fermentation tank as whole clusters. 5-7 day cold soak 10-15 day extended maceration. Aged 15 months in French oak barrels, 40% new. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. A knockout nose with deep aromas of dark cherry, olallieberry, spice, pencil lead and toast. Fuller-bodied in style, with a richly flavored dark cherry core. Slightly earthy with a shadow of oak. A silky, Pinot-typical mouthfeel brought smiles. Outrageously long, fruitsoaked finish. Still superb when tasted two days later from a previously opened bottle. Score: 95. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2017 Gary Farrell Rochioli-Allen Vineyards Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.3% alc., pH 3.33, TA 0.70, 369 case, $80. Released May 2020. The grapes for this wine come from two vineyards: Rochioli vineyard and Allen Vineyard, located on opposite sides of Westside Road and both farmed by the Rochioli family. Predominantly Pommard selection planted in 1974 and 1996 from Allen Vineyard and Pommard from the Rochioli Vineyard, Primarily de-stemmed fruit with some whole cluster. 4-7 day cold soak, 7-10 day postfermentation extended maceration. Aged on the primary lees for 15 months in French oak barrels, 40% new. $80. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Soaring aromas of fresh cherry, strawberry, balsam, and baking spices. Light to moderate weighted style with black cherry, cola, and a hint of oak flavors driven by bright acidity. Gentle tannins with a long, quenching finish. Score: 93. WINERY » ARTICLE »


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