Bottle Notes, Chardonnay

2007 J. 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. 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. There is 1 acre of Wente Selection Chardonnay planted in the Sweetwater parcel of Rochioli Vineyard.

Straw colored. 14.2% ABV. Sublime nose of tropical fruits, honeysuckle and crushed stones. Medium body with bright acidity. Rich and concentrated on the palate. Flavors of lemon meringue, vanilla bean, pear and pineapple. The finish is long and spicy. Brilliant Chardonnay from an iconic Russian River Valley Pinot Noir producer. Drink over the next 1-2 years.

My rating: 93 points.

The current version was approximately $70 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 The 2015 Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings and the Fab 5 of Mailing Lists.

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