Rochioli Chardonnay 2017
This wine is a blend from our Estate Chardonnay vineyards. The blend consists of 46% Mid-40, 49% River Block and 5% Little Hill and vines were between 25 and 46 years old. It is a fine example of the unique characteristics from our property & the Russian River Valley. Aromas of ripe apple, mineral and a touch of spice with rich complex flavors and crisp acidity. Those with the patience to cellar this wine will be rewarded.
|Region||California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley|
Wine EnthusiastMade from three sections of the famous vineyard, the majority from a share of River Block and the Mid 40, this white is remarkably good, complex and memorable. Matchstick notes give way to barrel oak, vanilla and spicy caramel apple, the palate textured and layered in additional elements of lemon peel, Key lime and pear. Full bodied, it holds its weight and breadth in balance, producing enduring beauty.
Jeb Dunnuck I was able to taste two wines under the Rochioli label. Starting with the 2017 Chardonnay, it has a vivid gold color as well as classy notes of ripe peach, tart pineapple, and tangerine. With subtle oak, medium to full-bodied, beautiful balance, and good acidity, it's an incredibly elegant Chardonnay that's well worth seeking out.
Wine SpectatorThere's an engaging minerality to the Fuji apple and pear tart flavors, which are awash in buttery and creamy accents. The spicy finish turns unctuous. Drink now through 2022.
Vinous The 2017 Chardonnay Estate is soft, easygoing and very pretty, and a terrific introduction to this range. Orchard fruit, chamomile, pear and baked apple all develop in the glass, but it is the wine's overall balance that stands out most. Drink this mid-weight, elegant Chardonnay over the next handful of years.