Bottle Notes, Chardonnay

2010 J. Rochioli Chardonnay Rachel’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. 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 has published a detailed map of the Estate Vineyard that is required viewing for fans of the winery.

Rachel’s Vinyeard is a small one acre plot of Mt. Eden clone Chardonnay planted in 1994.

Gold in color. 14.5% ABV. Decadent nose of tropical fruits, lemon oil and vanilla creme brulee. Full bodied with exquisite acidity. Exceptionally rich and plush. Pears, Meyer lemon, peach and minerals on the palate. Tremendous length on the finish. What a breathtaking Chardonnay. Almost always the highlight of the Rochioli Single Vineyard Designate Chardonnay program. Best over the next year or so.

My rating: 95 points.

The 2018 version of this wine will be released in the next few months.

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 by appointment. 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 2018 Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings and the Fab 5 of Mailing Lists.

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