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.
From the oldest Sauvignon Blanc vineyard in the state of California.
Gold in color. 14.5% ABV. Gorgeous nose of stone fruits, grass and a hint of grapefruit. Medium to full bodied with exquisite acidity. Lush and rich with tremendous mouth feel. Lemon oil, pear, green apple and minerals on the palate. Exceptional length on the finish. For me this is the pinnacle of California Sauvignon Blanc. This should drink well for another 2-3 years.
My rating: 94 points.
The 2021 version of this wine will be released next Spring.
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 2020 Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings and the Fab 5 of Mailing Lists.