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.
From the oldest Sauvignon Blanc vines in California. Light gold in color. 14.5% ABV. Piercing nose of green apples, grass, lemon oil and stone fruits. Medium body with racy acidity. Lush and just a little creamy. Pears, Meyer lemons and spice on the palate. The finish just lingers in the back of the mouth. One of the very best Sauvignon Blancs being made in California. Best over the next year or so.
My rating: 92 points.
The Old Vines Sauvignon Blanc is released every Spring with the Single Vineyard Chardonnay and is 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.