Rochioli River Block Chardonnay 2011

Chardonnay from Russian River, California

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Item No. 123760
  • white wine
  • collectible wine
  • V95
  • RP92
  • ST92
Style: Rich & Creamy

Wine Style Guide

Light & Crisp

Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.

Fruity & Smooth

Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.

Rich & Creamy

Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.

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Winemaker's Notes

This wine is a blend of three shy bearing clones of Chardonnay. Sixty-five percent of the wine is from the old Wente selection and thirty-five percent is from Dijon clone 95. This blend is created to capture the finest quality of this site. The wine is aged on the lies for nine months, giving it classic old world character.

Critical Acclaim

"Rochioli's 2011 Chardonnay River Block is impressive. Subtle and understated in this vintage, the 2011 is classy from start to finish. Bright citrus and white orchard fruit lead to sweet floral notes in this delineated, energetic Chardonnay. Although the 2011 is a bit laid back relative to recent vintages, there is a lot to like. This is a gorgeous wine from Tom Rochioli. "
95 Points

"The 2011 Pinot Noir River Block is much more expressive than the Sweetwater. Juicy, dark cherries, plums, tobacco, licorice and leather jump from the glass. A big, broad-shouldered wine, the 2011 stands out for its pure richness in this cool vintage. With time in the glass, the River Block shows more of its masculine, virile personality. Tobacco and scorched earth nuances add the final layers of complexity. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2021. "
92 Points

"Bright gold. Sexy, highly perfumed aromas of pear, melon, nectarine and orange zest, complicated by subtle notes of iodine, anise and chalk. Deep, penetrating citrus and pit fruit flavors are underscored by chalky minerality, which adds lift and cut. A floral quality comes up with air and carries through the spicy, very persistent finish."
92 Points

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Learn About Rochioli Map ItMap It

The Rochioli family has been growing grapes on its 136-acre ranch since the 1930s. In 1984, Tom Rochioli created the first wines to be produced under the Rochioli name. The 9000 case winery produces Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir.

Learn About Russian River

The Russian River Valley is named as such due to its proximity to the Russian River, the river itself named for the Russian fur traders who came down from Alaska in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The Russian River is agricultural land. While there is a focus on wine, beyond the vineyards are many small, family-owned farms cultivating everything from cattle to...

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Learn About Chardonnay

Chardonnay (shar-dawn-AY) White Wine's Queen Bee Like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different soils and different climates. While frequently paired with California, its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy, France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...

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