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.
Golden in color. 14.5% ABV. Pretty nose of tropical fruits, flowers and minerals. Medium body with exquisite acidity. Rich and lush with great mouth feel. Pear, lemon oil and vanilla bean on the palate. The finish is exceptional. Aging beautifully with no signs of premature oxidation. No reason to wait any longer here. Awesome Chardonnay. Best over the next year or so.
My rating: 93 points.
The 2018 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 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.