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 recently published a detailed map of the Estate Vineyard that is required viewing for fans of the winery.
Bright gold in color. 14.5% ABV. From the oldest Sauvignon Blanc vines in California. Pretty nose of stone fruits, lemons and freshly cut grass. Medium body with bright acidity. Rich and oily on the palate. Flavors of lemon oil, green apples and pears. Delicious expression of Sauvignon Blanc. Best over the next year or so.
My rating: 91 points.
The current version was approximately $45 off the mailing list. I’ll buy this year after year. Sauvignon Blanc from vines planted in 1959! Rochioli is a treasure.
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 for public tasting. 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.
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