Lot #32 GARY FARRELL VINEYARDS & WINERY

ROCHIOLI OLD RIVER BLOCK

Pinot Noir
  • Russian River Valley

2021
5 CASES

ABOUT THE WINE:

The “Rochioli Old River Block” barrel lot features fruit from one of the most famous of Rochioli vineyard blocks. Some of the vines come from cuttings taken from the original “mother” block planted in 1968. Gary Farrell Winery is one of only two producers who purchase grapes from this block, which consistently produces low yielding, elegant, luscious fruit. This is a truly spectacular wine deserving of a special bottling and it will only be available at the Sonoma County Barrel Auction.

The Rochioli Vineyard name is synonymous with the history of the Russian River Valley and with the history of Gary Farrell Winery. The 140-acre Rochioli Vineyard was originally purchased in 1938 by Joe Rochioli, Sr. At a time when Pinot Noir was virtually unknown in the Russian River Valley, Joe Rochioli Jr. was ahead of his time in selecting the Pommard clone for initial plantings. The first wine produced under the Gary Farrell Winery label, in 1982, was a Pinot Noir sourced from two of the Russian River Valley’s premier vineyards, Rochioli and Allen, which are adjacent to each other on Westside Road not far from Gary Farrell Winery and which have both been meticulously farmed by Joe Rochioli, Jr. for more than 40 years.

Director of Winemaking Theresa Heredia leads the team with a keen appreciation for Gary Farrell’s hallmark style of balance and elegance, while adding her own signature to the wines through an adventurous spirit of innovation and a camaraderie with the land. She believes strongly in the Russian River Valley’s capacity to consistently produce world-class wines rivaling the best of France’s Burgundy region, where she once worked. The “Rochioli Old River Block” barrel lot expresses purity and a sense of place, flaunting aromas of sweet tobacco, cherry compote and tangerine zest, with hints of five spice and an intriguing character reminiscent of Japanese mushroom-soy broth. Luscious flavors of savory wild berry, dried herbs, succulent ripe raspberry, and black tea unfold on the palate. Undertones of cedar box balance and accentuate the voluptuous fruit flavors, while the fine-grained, expansive tannins develop into a soft, warm, velvety finish, complemented by mouthwatering, tangy acidity.

WINEMAKER(S): Theresa Heredia

ESTIMATED BOTTLING DATE: January 2023
ESTIMATED SHIPPING DATE: February 2023

National Distribution: AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY, Washington, DC

International Distribution: Please inquire for more information.

A winemaker dinner or store visit is offered in your market as part of this lot. Must be scheduled on a mutually agreeable date.