The Rochioli Riverblock Vineyard is situated on the bank of the Russian River where the soil is deep and loamy with river gravel scattered throughout. These are ideal […]Read More
|Barrel Description||65% new, 35% 1 yr.|
|Barrel Aged||16 months|
The Rochioli Riverblock Vineyard is situated on the bank of the Russian River where the soil is deep and loamy with river gravel scattered throughout. These are ideal growing conditions for Pinot Noir. The depth of the soil allows for the plants to ripen slowly and develop incredible flavor. Always intriguing on the nose, the dark red and black fruit aromas mix with dried herbs and hints of fennel. Soil-rich tones add a bass note to the incredibly complex nose. Deeply pitched fruit flavors in the mouth are layered with extremely refined tannin. The seamless acidity allows the tannin to shine and offers an unctuous texture without heaviness.
The 2016 vintage was an excellent growing season, and started out as the previous four vintages; with a warm and dry winter. Above average temperatures and modest rainfall in the winter months brought a normal bud break in all growing regions. The main difference in 2016 was cooler temperatures in late February, and increasing rain totals in March that helped slow down vegetative growth. The net result was a slightly longer vegetative cycle, a slower grape maturation cycle, and therefore a later harvest compared to 2015. These events allowed for perfect maturation of the grape tannins and flavor development. Flowering happened under normal conditions with a slight cooling trend in May, which ultimately prevented blockbuster yields. Temperatures after fruit set were normal, but as veraison approached there were a few heat spikes that jumpstarted the ripening process. Harvest started with pleasant weather on August 10 in the Middle Reach Neighborhood vineyards (Westside Road). Weather in late August cooled, and by early September temperatures warmed up and dry conditions prevailed. The result was our core harvest was completed under ideal conditions by end of September. Overall, the wines from the 2016 vintage exhibit wonderfully polished tannins due to long and slow grape maturation on the vine.