VINEYARD: About five miles from our winery the 162-acre Rochioli Vineyard was originally purchased in 1938 by Joe Rochioli, Sr, and the vision of growing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay was carried out by Joe Jr. after his father’s passing in 1966. The majority of this blend comes from the River Block clone 5, planted in 1989. The balance comes from the Mid-40s Block, a field selection planted in 1993, and Allen Block 1, clone 15, planted in 1995.
TASTING NOTES: Simply dazzling in its purity and elegance, the Rochioli Chardonnay offers a stunning array of seductive citrus aromas paired with a fragrant bouquet of honeysuckle, jasmine, and flowering plum. Preserved lemon, quince paste, traces of caramel and Manuka honey luxuriously coat the palate. Impeccably balanced and beautifully focused, an essence of elemental minerality persists and is intensified by a seemingly boundless length and resounding finish.
DISTANCE FROM WINERY
< 5 miles
160 acres total; 128 acres planted
Joe Rochioli, Jr., Owner and Vineyard Manager
VARIETALS SOURCED HERE
Pinot Noir: clones 115, 777, Pommard and Rochioli West Block Selection (Pommard) Chardonnay: Mid-40s block planted to clones 5, 8, 12 and 76 on 039-16 rootstock; River Block planted to clone 5 on AxR#1 rootstock
The Rochioli Vineyard consists of approximately 128 planted acres, of which half is planted to various clones of Pinot Noir. The oldest vines are in the East Block, planted in 1968 and the West Block, planted in 1970, the East Block having the first ever Pinot Noir plantings in the Russian River Valley. At a time when Pinot Noir was almost unknown here in the Russian River Valley, Joe Rochioli Jr. was ahead of his time in selecting the Pommardclone for these initial plantings. The West Block is often referred to as the “mother block” since cuttings from this block were used for several other blocks on the Rochioli property, including the Allen Vineyard. Diverse soil properties, coupled with cool coastal influences, provide ideal conditions for grape growing and reflect the special character of the Rissian River Valley. Some of the oldest vines have been nurtured by three generations of the Rochioli family. Each clone and field selection has been carefully chosen to take advantage of soil type, elevation and exposure to the sun. The resulting grapes possess wonderful fruit flavors, with balanced acidity and tannin.
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.
“Moderate golden yellow color and clear in the glass. Highreaching aromas of lemon, sea spray, honeysuckle, vanillin and sensuous oak that pick up brightness over time in the glass. Juicy and crisp in the mouth, with a complex array of nuanced and courtly flavors including lemon, peach, honey, graham and toast. The vibrancy is impressive, but it is the length of finish that separates this wine from the commendatory.” – June 2016
Cellar Selection. “Smoothly seductive, this wine showcases an amazing site with great skill, coaxing high-toned squeezes of mandarin orange, honeysuckle and anise from a foundation of balance and acidity. Luxurious, the oak plays a supporting role, never distracting from a core of freshness and finesse.”– October 2016
Vineyard(s); Rochioli Vineyard
Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Aging: 8 months in 40% new French oak
pH / T.A.: 3.25 / 7.4 gm/L
Production: 476 Cases
VIDEO: Learn about Rochioli Vineyard from grower Joe Rochioli, Jr. and winemaker Theresa Heredia.
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