Review: Rochioli 2008 Sauvignon Blanc & 2007 Pinot Noir

Rochioli Vineyards is known for limited releases of high-end pinot, sauvignon blanc, and chardonnay. While the next vintage is now coming on the market, we were lucky to get samples of its 2008 sauvignon blanc and 2007 pinot noir bottlings for review. Here’s how they stack up!

2008 Rochioli Sauvignon Blanc Russian River Valley is an extremely fruity sauv blanc, in a big almost New Zealand style. With fresh peach and apricot notes, it’s slightly sweet with a juicy body and a big finish. Easy to drink and recommended as a sipper before dinner. A- / $35

2007 Rochioli Pinot Noir Russian River Valley is a more complicated beast, with black pepper and earth on the nose, and a smoky bacon, boysenberry, sage, and rosemary character all strong in the body. This is a wine that drinks like a meal, and a three-course one at that. All I can think of is Violet Beauregarde. Worth its reputation! A / $65

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