Other than the big drop in production, the 2016 vintage produced another great wine that we have come to expect from the Rochioli Vineyards. I had to draw from a few different lots than I have used before to even get to 300 cases. This gives the wine a slightly different profile than the 2015 but it has a lot of Burgundian tones that are so attractive. It reminds me of the 2011 Vintage which is extremely tasty right now. The wine has really bright fruit tones of cherry and currants with a background of earth and mushroom. Aside from the flavor and nose the 2016 has an extremely pleasant effect on you that is noticeable in all higher quality wines. As with all my pinots, the 2016 has a long lingering finish that leaves you craving more. The wine tastes good now but it is better the next day and still great the 3rd day so the longer you wait to drink it the better it will be. With a PH of 3.5 it should age for at least ten years and won’t hit its prime for 4 to 7 years.
The bottling line wanted a lot of money to bottle the magnums. Since I only bottle 12 magnums it wasn’t cost effective so none were bottled. I hope to work something out in the future.
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