Most of you, who take the time to read tasting notes such as these, are probably well versed in wine and aware that the Rochioli and Allen Vineyards are perhaps the most famous and well-known Pinot Noir properties in California. History shows that wines produced from these vineyards have consistently been among the most decorated Pinot Noirs produced in the New World. So, rather than belaboring well-known facts regarding these vineyards, lets focus on something fresh something we have not routinely seen from producers who craft wines from these sensational properties. What if we combined some of the finest grapes from each property to produce a dual-designation wine from Rochioli and Allen vineyards?
In previous designated bottlings from both the Rochioli and Allen Vineyards, we have always selected fruit from only the oldest blocks for the crafting of these wines. This offering is no exception, as it is a blend from the original Rochioli "mother block," the adjoining Rochioli block to the east and the Allen tri-corner block just to the south. These are the old-vine blocks, (planted around 1970) and the components of all previously bottled Gary Farrell single-vineyard designates from the Rochioli Vineyard and Allen Vineyard.
100% Pinot Noir
100% Russian River Valley
57% Rochioli Vineyard (old blocks)
43% Allen Vineyard (tri-corner block)
In 2000, we were in awe of each of these vineyard-block components independently, but even more stunned by the blend of wines produced from these blocks. We should not be surprised, as vineyard blending often combines the finest attributes of each component in a single bottling creating a more interesting, complex and complete wine.
A dazzling array of dark berries, peppery spice and smoky aromas lead to huge expressions of blackberry, plum and spice on the palate. Luscious oak and moderate, incredibly well fit tannins follow, with precise acidity completing the package and promising tremendous longevity for this youthful wine under optimum cellaring conditions.
Bottled Wine Statistics:
326 cases produced
13.8% alcohol by volume
.66 gm/100 ml total titratable acidity