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.
Rochioli recently published a detailed map of the Estate Vineyard that is required viewing for fans of the winery.
Shimmering gold in color. 14.5% ABV. Lychee fruit, lemon oil and minerals on the nose. Rich and silky with great acidity. The palate shows lemon zest, green apple, toast and brioche. The finish is long and spicy. Beautiful Chardonnay that bodes well for the single vineyard wines from 2007. Drink over the next couple years.
My rating: 92 points.
Fairly priced at $40 from the winery.
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 the Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings and the Fab 5 of Mailing Lists.
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