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Friday, July 08, 2011

2007 Rochioli Estate Chardonnay

Rochioli is such a icon when we speak of Sonoma and in particular the Russian River Valley. The family legacy began in 1938, when Joe Rochioli Sr. purchased land he had long farmed. Now after three generations the family continues to dedicate their energy to producing exceptional wines from their estate vineyards.

The 2007 Estate Chardonnay is a blend from two different vineyard sites; 24% River Block Vineyard and 76% Mid 40 Vineyard. It was aged for 9 months in 100% French oak (35% new).

This golden colored Chardonnay has a beautiful and elegant bouquet with aromas of baked apple, acacia flowers, wet stone, french vanilla, and spice.

On the palate wine shows an equal amount of elegance with it's sleek and ribboned texture, and bold flavors of golden apple, lemon curd, nutmeg, vanilla, and mineral. The acidity of the wine is what really impresses me and makes me believe that with even a few more years of bottle age, this wine will only continue to improve. In fact, I believe the wine may be a bit too young and hasn't yet developed into the full range of complexity that it embodies within. 91-93 points

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Vino30 said...

We were just out at VinoGuy
Rochioli two weeks ago, they are one of my favorite wineries in California!!! I am glad to see you featured the Chardonnay, because it is so often overlooked for the Pinot Noir. We tasted the current release 2009 Chardonnay, it rocked, only thing that would have made it better was a big old Crab Cake!

VinoGuy
Vino30

 
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