VINEYARD: About five miles from our winery up the gently winding Westside Road, the 162- acre Rochioli Vineyard was originally purchased in 1938 by Joe Rochioli, Sr. The vision of growing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay along these fertile, gravelly soils was carried out by Joe Jr. after his father’s passing in 1966 . Most of the Chardonnay blocks are located at the far eastern edge of the estate, just off the meandering Russian River, where the vines literally soak up the remarkable terroir of the estate. 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. The partnership between Gary Farrell Winery and the Rochioli Vineyard began more than 30 years ago with a simple handshake, and has become a fundamental part of our story here in the Russian River Valley.
TASTING NOTES: Enticing aromas of fresh lemon zest, Kaffir lime leaf, and bright green apple fill the air as soon as the wine is poured into a glass. Delicate toasted aromas and sweet vanilla perfectly compliment the abundant citrus profile. The palate is at once clean and refreshing with a subtle element of salinity that steers the senses to an underlying backbone of wet stone and minerality. Exceptionally focused and crisp, the tangy natural acidity provides a lasting impression for this pure expression of Rochioli fruit.
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.