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ROCHIOLI PINOT NOIR "WEST BLOCK", RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY 2010
We can quibble over whether the cherries are red or black, or if it's persimmons or pomegranates, or if the mushrooms are fresh or sautéed, but that's the point. This wine is so complex, it initiates discussion. Fine acidity and rich tannins provide structure, and although the wine is silky enough to enjoy now, you really want to give it 6–8 years.
The 2010 Pinot Noir West Block is a deep, layered wine. Blackberry jam, exotic spices, black cherries, menthol and spices wrap around the palate. The West Block impresses for its sensual personality and long, pure finish. This is a decidedly plush, fruit-driven expression of Pinot. There is less aromatic delineation than in most of the other wines. Ultimately, the West Block will be enjoyed most by readers who enjoy opulent, explosive Pinots. There is no shortage of personality here. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2020.