2017 ROCHIOLI ESTATE RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY CHARDONNAY
You know you have something extra special when the inaugural release from your namesake vineyard is named “The Best Pinot Noir in America” by the Wine Spectator. The Rochioli family are pioneers for having recognized early, the potential to grow world class Burgundian varieties on their property, which is situated in a very diverse part of the Russian River Valley. The varying soil types, proximity to the Pacific Ocean and the contours of the valley, that allow fog and cool evening breezes all play a roll in what makes this site one of California’s Grand Cru Vineyards. Their Chardonnay is made in a concentrated style with stunning focus and noble balance. It’s big, but in all the right ways, with candied fruit, rock minerals and honey dipped apple. This wine is absolutely fit for holiday meals…
Tom Rochioli’s winemaking philosophy of producing terroir-driven wines, along with with minimal intervention, and built on a foundation of superb fruit, was shaped on a trip to Burgundy in the early 1990’s. Their Estate Chardonnay combines their single vineyards, and was thoughtfully constructed to represent the essence and character of the entire vineyard. Rochioli fruit has attracted icons like William Selyem and Gary Farrel for many years, and this is a great opportunity to try their namesake Chardonnay, but with a 94 Point Score, I wouldn’t wait to secure yours.