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.
Gold in color. 14.5% ABV. From the oldest Sauvignon Blanc vines in California. Subdued nose of pear, lemon and flowers. Medium body with exquisite acidity. Rich and oily. Grapefruit, vanilla, lemon oil and minerals on the palate. Medium length on the finish. Gorgeous wine that is showing well on a warm Summer night in Seattle. Best over the next year or so.
My rating: 92 points.
The 2019 version of this wine will be released next Spring on the Single Vineyard Chardonnay mailer to members of 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 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.