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Rochioli Pinot Noir Sweetwater Vineyard Russian River 2020  - First Bottle

Reviews

93 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate -
The 2020 Pinot Noir Sweetwater Vineyard has a medium ruby-purple color and broody scents of red cherries, cranberries, underbrush, aniseed and pipe tobacco. The medium-bodied palate is grainy and seamless with concentrated fruits and a long, spicy finish.
90 Vinous -
The 2020 Pinot Noir Sweetwater is quie soft and understated in this vintage. Crushed raspberry, spice, mint, lavender and cinnamon open nicely. Attractive floral accents develop in the glass, adding quite a bit of lift. Given its mid-weight structure, I would prefer to drink the 2020 sooner rather than later.

Technical Details

  • BlendPinot Noir
  • WinemakerTom Rochioli & Ryan Rochioli
  • CountryUS
  • RegionCalifornia
  • AppellationRussian River Valley
  • VineyardSweetwater Vineyard
  • Alcohol14.5%

Rochioli Pinot Noir Sweetwater Vineyard Russian River 2020

Pinot Noir  |  US
WA93, VN90

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About the Producer

With three generations of dedication to the land, Rochioli Vineyards and Winery has earned the reputation as one of Sonoma County's finest wineries. The Rochioli family crafts renowned, terroir-driven wines built on a foundation of superb fruit. These wines are always in demand, always revered a,nd always rated among the best varietals to be sought anywhere in the world. "2020 was an early season, so we picked it all before September 1, and the fires started on August 17. We did lay off on the percentage of new wood," he continued, explaining that lab numbers are not necessarily representative of flavor. "I tested my 2019s with the 2020s, and they showed higher smoke numbers than the 2020s, simply from the char of the barrel. The smoke numbers we saw were irrelevant because there's just much more to smoke taint than that."