Rochioli is one of the true pioneers in Russian River Valley, with a winemaking history dating back to the the late 1950′s. In 1987 Rochioli released their first estate wine, the 1985 Rochioli Pinot Noir. Although best known for their world class Pinot Noir, Rochioli also produces remarkable Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
The winery 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.
Shimmering gold in color. 14.2% ABV. Gorgeous nose of honey, lemon and hazlenuts. Rich and oily on the palate. Wonderful mouth feel. Flavors of lemon meringue, lime and honeysuckle. The finish is long and spicy. Absolutely stunning Chardonnay. Aging beautifully. Drink over the next 1-2 years.
My rating: 96 points.
The current version was $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.
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