Bottle Notes, Chardonnay

2006 J. Rochioli Chardonnay River Block 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.

River Block is a 13 acre parcel of Rochioli Vineyard planted in 1989.

Light gold in color. 14.2% ABV. Delicate aromas of pear, lemon curd and honeysuckle. Rich and full bodied with wonderful acidity. Lush and creamy on the palate with flavors of lemon meringue, hazelnuts, pear and green apple. The wine finishes strong. Super showing for a nine year old Russian River Valley Chardonnay. Drink in the short term.

My rating:  92 points.

The current version is $65 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, Reflections on Two Days in the Russian River Valley and the Fab 5 of Mailing Lists.

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