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. The Chardonnay portion of Sweetwater Vineyard was planted in 2000.
Gold in color. 14.2% ABV. Sublime nose of tropical fruits, lemons, honey and butterscotch. Lush and full bodied with exquisite acidity. Rich and decadent. Exceptional mouth feel. Pears, apples, lemon oil and honeysuckle on the palate. The finish is long and plush. Any notes indicating premature oxidation here don’t ring true to me. Glorious Chardonnay. Drink over the next 2-3 years.
My rating: 94 points.
The Single Vineyard Chards are released in the Spring and are only available to long time mailing list members.
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.