The grapes for this outstanding Chardonnay come from two adjacent vineyards in the heart of the Russian River Valley: the renowned Rochioli Vineyard and Allen Vineyard planted just to the south, which is farmed by the Rochioli family. This blend is composed predominantly of clones 76 and 15 from three blocks at the Allen Vineyard, and the balance is clone 5 from the Rochioli River Block.
The three clones from Rochioli and Allen vineyards make this a rich and powerful wine that is strikingly different from the single Rochioli Vineyard Chardonnay. This wine exudessimilar citrus zestiness and the mineral-laden backbone of its counterpart, wrapped in a divinely more sumptuous package reminiscent of warm baked goods. Abundant aromasof butterscotch and vanilla are balanced by fresh lemon zest and key lime. Intriguing flavors of candied pear, quince paste, almond and lemon curd fold seamlessly into a creamy andtextured palate, offering a seductive richness that is characteristic of this historic site.
DISTANCE FROM WINERY
< 5 miles
Joe Rochioli, Jr., Owner and Vineyard Manager
VARIETALS SOURCED HERE
Pinot Noir, Chardonnay
Pinot Noir: New North Hill planted to Pommard on 101-14 root stock; Old North Hill planted West Block Selection on AxR#1 rootstock Chardonnay: clones 15 and 76, planted on 039-16 rootstock
"Marshmallow and fig compote provide the sultry goods in this wine from two exceptional vineyard sites within the appellation's Middle Reach neighborhood. Borderline salty, with a scent of matchstick, it evolves in the glass into a complex, complete wine, elements of pear pie and lemon zest rising to the fore." – V.B., February 2016
"Medium-light golden yellow; attractive, earthy, tight, lemony, green apple and stone fruit aroma with a hint of butterscotch; medium-full body; fleshy, crisp, apple and stone fruit flavors with good acid balanced and well integrated oak; lingering aftertaste. Very highly recommended." — N.P., October 2015
Vineyard(s); Rochioli-Allen Vineyards
Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Aging: 8 months in 40% new French oak
pH / T.A.: 3.33 / 6.6 gm/L
Production: 473 Cases
VIDEO: Learn about Rochioli Vineyard from grower Joe Rochioli, Jr. and winemaker Theresa Heredia.