Bottle Notes, Chardonnay

2016 J. Rochioli Chardonnay Little Hill 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.

Little Hill Vineyard is a small 2.8 acre parcel of Rochioli Vineyard planted in 1993 from West Block Vineyard cuttings.

Straw colored. 14.5% ABV. Beautiful nose of stone fruits, vanilla and honeysuckle. Full bodied with perfect acidity. Incredibly lush and rich. Pear, vanilla creme brulee, pineapple and minerals on the palate. The finish is long and seamless. Glorious California Chardonnay that is aging brilliantly. Best over the next 2-3 years.

My rating: 94 points.

The 2022 version of this wine will be released to the mailing list this Spring. If I recall correctly the price is $90 per bottle.

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 Paying Respects to Joe Rochioli and the Fab 5 of Mailing Lists.

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