Castalia 2014 Pinot Noir "J. Rochioli Vineyard" Russian River


Castalia 2014 Pinot Noir "J. Rochioli Vineyard" Russian River

Winemaker Notes: "The crop level in 2014 was a little below normal. With a perfect growing season and smaller cluster and berry size, the wine is much more concentrated and fruity than it has been for years. Very much like the 2009 vintage. It has a PH of 3.44, giving the wine a strong structure and perfect mouthfeel with a long lingering finish. The nose has very clean spicy tones with dense dark fruit and mushrooms. The wine has all the characteristics that have made the Rochioli Vineyards world renowned. It should age for at least ten years and won't hit its prime for 4 to 7 years. 348 cases were produced."

Pinot File 92 points : "Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. The aromas arrive slowly over time, featuring ripe cherry, baking spice and a hint of sweet oak. Discreetly concentrated, with a generous attack of black cherry fruit backed by a mantle of oak. Welcome mid palate bombastic cherry presence and some noticeable length on a finish that features chocolate-covered cherry goodness. The tannins are still young and slightly drying and there is a subtle warmth to the wine. The wine was more cohesive the following day when re-tasted from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Having tasted multiple vintages of this wine, I have found that the wines typically require a few years in bottle to fully appeal and patience or vigorous decanting is advised. Crafted by the cellar master at Rochioli, Terry Bering, and bottled by J. Rochioli Vineyards" 

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  • Vintage: 2014
  • Winery: Castalia