Rochioli Estate Grown Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2008

Ratings on Delectable

David T Delectable Pro

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

End of summertime blackberries, blueberries, dark cherries, black plum, combination of black & red licorice, cola, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, dark dry earth, silky chalk, steeped Lipton tea and a dry tannic elegant finish that go's on and on. Very good now but will still benefit from a few more years of age.

End of summertime blackberries, blueberries, dark cherries, black plum, combination of black & red licorice, cola, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, dark dry earth, silky chalk, steeped Lipton tea and a dry tannic elegant finish that go's on and on. Very good now but will still benefit from a few more years of age.

9.2

Tom Gutting Delectable Pro

Youthful and vibrant. Somewhat plush. Classic RRV. An archetype.

Youthful and vibrant. Somewhat plush. Classic RRV. An archetype.

9.0

Scott Wren Delectable Pro

Dark beauty. Dark fruit but NOT jammy. But some serious RR candy going on ;)

Dark beauty. Dark fruit but NOT jammy. But some serious RR candy going on ;)

9.0

Sherri Housman Delectable Pro

Awesome RRV Pinot!

Awesome RRV Pinot!

9.5

Martin Mills

I knew this would be special from the moment I eyed it in the legendary K&L Wines web catalogue, and it does not disappoint. Pouring it out, its age is apparent in the colour, ruby red edging into brown. On the nose, it is a sensory overload of summer, bright sunlight shining on wild berries, the cassis note is particularly apparent. Tasting it, the nine years it’s had to integrate make it difficult to call out any individual characteristics, so well integrated and fully in harmony it has become. Reminds me of another old RRV pinot I’ve had the luck to sample, the Merry Edwards - in each case, there is some kind of wild campfire hedonism that seems to drive the chase. My friend tells me that Russian River Valley makes great wines because it’s not about the farmers, it’s about the hippies obsessed with flavour; this bottle brings me around to his way of thinking.

I knew this would be special from the moment I eyed it in the legendary K&L Wines web catalogue, and it does not disappoint. Pouring it out, its age is apparent in the colour, ruby red edging into brown. On the nose, it is a sensory overload of summer, bright sunlight shining on wild berries, the cassis note is particularly apparent. Tasting it, the nine years it’s had to integrate make it difficult to call out any individual characteristics, so well integrated and fully in harmony it has become. Reminds me of another old RRV pinot I’ve had the luck to sample, the Merry Edwards - in each case, there is some kind of wild campfire hedonism that seems to drive the chase. My friend tells me that Russian River Valley makes great wines because it’s not about the farmers, it’s about the hippies obsessed with flavour; this bottle brings me around to his way of thinking.

9.7

Doug Craft

Simply delicious. Drinking beautifully at this stage.

Simply delicious. Drinking beautifully at this stage.

9.5

Dario Scimeca

Really great considering the smoky vintage

Really great considering the smoky vintage

9.3

JP Epstein

As velvety as a Pinot gets. A classic in every sense.

As velvety as a Pinot gets. A classic in every sense.

9.6

Carl Hollifield

This wine is in a great place, nice cherry and wood, maybe some smoke or tobacco, superb balance

This wine is in a great place, nice cherry and wood, maybe some smoke or tobacco, superb balance

9.2

Scott Kahn

Bright yet balanced, this wine paired well with a cured ham and with cod. Not as intense as rochioli's single vineyard wines albeit a great value for the price.

Bright yet balanced, this wine paired well with a cured ham and with cod. Not as intense as rochioli's single vineyard wines albeit a great value for the price.

9.1

Location

  • 300 Massachusetts Ave NE
    Washington D.C., DC 20002

  • Hours:
    Monday - Saturday
    10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Sunday
    11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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