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.
Light gold in color. 14.5% ABV. Fantastic nose of grass, lemon and minerals. Crisp and refreshing with exceptional acidity. Lemon oil, green apple and grapefruit on the palate. Nice length on the finish. Year and year out this is one of the very best Sauvignon Blancs being made in California. Ready to drink.
My rating: 91 points.
The 2020 vintage of this wine will be released to the mailing list early next year.
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.