Bottle Notes, Chardonnay

2006 Rochioli Chardonnay South River Vineyard – Bottle Notes

Rochioli is one of the true pioneers in Russian River Valley, with a winemaking history dating back to the the late 1950′s. Although best known for their world class Pinot Noir, Rochioli also produces remarkable Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. I’ve blogged about Rochioli previously in Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings and the Fab 5 of Mailing Lists.

Rochioli recently published a detailed map of the Estate Vineyard that is required viewing for fans of the winery.

Golden in color. 14.2% ABV. Pear, apple and smoke on the nose. Viscuous, lively and full bodied. Medium acidity. Lemon, peach, citrus and hazlenut on the palate. Gorgeous Chardonnay with a long, lush finish. I think many underestimate how well Rochioli Chardonnay (the single vineyards in particular) can age. Drink this over the next 1-2 years.

My rating: 93 points.

At present time (and for the foreseeable future) buying from Rochioli via the mailing list is not an option. The Estate wines do show up at retail periodically, and the winery’s Russian River Valley tasting room is still open for public tasting. They may only be pouring a couple of wines, but it’s a great opportunity to buy a bottle for a picnic on their lovely patio and a few more to bring home for the cellar.

The current vintage of the South River Vineyard Chardonnay was approximately $72 off the mailing list.

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