Rochioli Vineyard
DISTANCE FROM WINERY
< 5 miles
SIZE
160 acres total; 128 acres planted
GROWERS
Joe Rochioli, Jr., Owner and Vineyard Manager
VARIETALS SOURCED HERE
Pinot Noir
Chardonnay
CLONE/ROOTSTOCK INFO
Pinot Noir: clones 115, 777, Pommard and Rochioli West Block Selection (Pommard)
Chardonnay: Mid-40s block planted to clones 5, 8, 12 and 76 on 039-16 rootstock; River Block planted to clone 5 on AxR#1 rootstock
SOILS
Alluvial land, riverwash; Alluvial land, sandy; Pajaro gravelly loam; Yolo sandy loam, overwash
SITE DESCRIPTION
The Rochioli Vineyard consists of approximately 128 planted acres, of which half is planted to various clones of Pinot Noir. The oldest vines are in the East Block, planted in 1968 and the West Block, planted in 1970, the East Block having the first ever Pinot Noir plantings in the Russian River Valley. At a time when Pinot Noir was almost unknown here in the Russian River Valley, Joe Rochioli Jr. was ahead of his time in selecting the Pommardclone for these initial plantings. The West Block is often referred to as the “mother block” since cuttings from this block were used for several other blocks on the Rochioli property, including the Allen Vineyard. Diverse soil properties, coupled with cool coastal influences, provide ideal conditions for grape growing and reflect the special character of the Rissian River Valley. Some of the oldest vines have been nurtured by three generations of the Rochioli family. Each clone and field selection has been carefully chosen to take advantage of soil type, elevation and exposure to the sun. The resulting grapes possess wonderful fruit flavors, with balanced acidity and tannin.
FRUIT CHARACTER
Pinot Noir: Vibrant fruit flavors with balanced acidity and tannin; notably elegant.
Chardonnay: Notably pure, fresh and transparent – with juicy stone fruit and tropical tones.
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93 Points
The Wine Advocate
"The 2013 Pinot Noir Rochioli Vineyard has even gamier, deeper Côte de Nuits-like tendencies. Deep ruby with notes of forest floor, smoked game, and red and black fruits, this medium to full-bodied wine is beautiful, aromatic and another stunner from Gary Farrell." – R.P., March 2016
93 Points
International Wine Review
"The Pinot Noir Rochioli Vineyard displays a very spicy nose with notes of strawberry, plum, cherry and toasted oak. It is spicy and densely flavored on the attack, too, with a full mouth feel, densely flavors and a silky feel. Finishes fairly dry but with good length." – September 2015
Vineyard(s): Rochioli Vineyard
Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Aging: 14 months in 40% new French oak
Alcohol: 13.9%
pH /T.A.: 3.45 / 6.7 gm/L
Production: 539 Cases

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