Bottle Notes, Chardonnay

2005 J. Rochioli Chardonnay Rachael’s 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.

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

Rachael’s Vineyard is a .7 acre hillside plot of Rochioli Vineyard. The Mount Eden clone vines were planted in 1994.

Gold in color. 14.2% ABV. Super aromatics of flowers, minerals and lemon mousse. Strong acidity. Rich and viscous on the palate. Flavors of lemon oil, green apple, key lime pie, toast and pear. The finish is exceptional. The best single vineyard Chardonnay from Rochioli and on a short list with the likes of Marcassin and Kongsgaard when I could consider the best Chardonnay from California. Drink over the next 1-3 years.

My rating: 95 points.

The current version is $75 off the mailing list.

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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