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2013 Rochioli-Allen Vineyards - Oak Puncheon Fermented Chardonnay
2013 Rochioli-Allen Vineyards - Oak Puncheon Fermented Chardonnay
Russian River Valley
VINEYARD: The grapes for this outstanding Chardonnay come from two adjacent vineyards - the renowned Rochioli and Allen - in the heart of Russian River Valley. The diverse soil types and unique microclimates of these neighboring sites provide ideal conditions for Chardonnay. This blend is composed of clone 15 from the Allen Vineyard and clone 5 from the Rochioli River Block.
TASTING NOTES: Mandarin oil, peach pit, cedar spice and lemon zest come together beautifully in the glass. A wine with great verve, the Rochioli fruit provides the luscious texture and rich, warm flavors of roasted pearand grilled peach, while the Allen fruit bestows upon this wine its bold structure,citrusy persistence and zesty acidity. The marriage of characteristics from of these two sites will please those searching for a classic California Chardonnay, yet will intrigue those who may seek a more old-world style.
Rochioli-Allen Vineyards
DISTANCE FROM WINERY
< 5 miles
SIZE
8.4 acres
GROWERS
Joe Rochioli, Jr., Owner and Vineyard Manager
VARIETALS SOURCED HERE
Pinot Noir, Chardonnay
CLONE/ROOTSTOCK INFO
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
SOILS
Arbuckle gravelly loam; Yorkville-Laughlin complex
SITE DESCRIPTION
The Chardonnay was planted between 1995 and 2005; Old North Hill was planted in 1974; New North Hill was planted in 1996
FRUIT CHARACTER
Pinot Noir: Vibrant fruit flavors with balanced acidity and tannin; notably elegant
Chardonnay: Notably pure, fresh and transparent – with juicy stone fruit and tropical tones.
92 Points
Wine Enthusiast
"With the goal of adding subtle aromatics and structure, this wine was given eight months in 50% new French oak puncheons, with the other 50% in neutral. The wine intrigues as much as refreshes, with crisp acidity and bright sparks of citrus prominent. Medium bodied, it has a complexity of baked apple and pear lurking in the background." – V.B., February 2016
92 Points
International Wine Review
"This Chardonnay is fermented and aged in 50% new puncheons, which give it honeyed oak aromas with a touch of underlying mango. It has a lovely creamy mouth feel and nice firmness in the back of the mouth. It’s richly flavored honeyed notes persist with an unctuous finish. A magnificent wine." — September 2015
Vineyard(s); Rochioli-Allen Vineyards
Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Aging: 8 months in 50% new French oak puncheons
Alcohol: 14.1%
pH / T.A.: 3.33 / 7.6 gm/L
Production: 103 Cases
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