Bottle Notes, Chardonnay

2006 Rochioli Chardonnay Sweetwater 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.

There is 1 acre of Wente Selection Chardonnay planted in the Sweetwater parcel of Rochioli Vineyard. Rochioli recently published a detailed map of the Estate Vineyard that is required viewing for fans of the winery.

Bright straw colored and 14.2% ABV. Great nose of lemon oil, pineapple and spice. Rich and nicely textured with just the right amount of acidity. Apple, pears, marzipan, minerals and more lemon on the palate. The finish is perfect. Drink over the next year or two.

My rating: 93 points.

The Rochioli Chardonnay program is second to none and should be in the conversation with the likes of Aubert and Kistler.

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.

I’ve blogged about Rochioli previously in Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings and the Fab 5 of Mailing Lists.

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