Rochioli Sauvignon Blanc 2010
Sauvignon Blanc from Russian River, California
A pale, creamy yellow color. Aromas have hints of tropical fruit and grapefruit. An intense, complex and richly flavored wine with an incredibly lingering finish.
Our 2010 Estate Sauvignon Blanc is a blend consisting of 42% from the original Sauvignon Blanc vineyard planted in 1959, 32% is from our planting of a very rare and special clone and 26% is from our seventeen year old hillside vineyard. Only 22% of this blend is barrel fermented which gives this wine its complexity and round texture. The rest is tank fermented to preserve its intense varietal character and firm acidity.
International Wine Cellar - "Pale yellow. Pure, high-pitched aromas of orange, lemon, minerals and anise, with a spicy topnote. Silky and nicely concentrated, with brisk flavors of citrus zest, quince and white flowers. Finishes tangy and firm but in no way tart, with dusty lime pith, lemongrass and honeysuckle qualities and excellent persistence. These vines were planted in 1959 and 1960."
Wine & Spirits - "oe Rochioli planted what is now his oldest block of sauvignon blanc in 1959, using plant material he selected from an old UC Davis experimental station in Napa Valley. Those vines provide the backbone for this wine, blended with younger vines propagated from the original planting. It's rich, round and spicy when first opened, with an edge of lemon-lime to cut the fatness (20 percent of the wine is fermented and aged in oak). Give it a day of air and the wine drives forward into passionfruit and lively stone-fruit flavors. It's clean, open and bright, a zesty sauvignon to serve with any roast fish."
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. View all Rochiolli Wines
About Russian RiverView a map of Russian River wineries
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 Christmas trees.
Notable FactsThe proximity of this cool river and the rolling fogs from the Pacific Ocean make the area amenable to cool-climate grapes like Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. In fact, the region is quite known for its full-bodied, yet elegant Pinot Noir, as well as their ripe, yet lean Chardonnays. Within Russian River Valley lie the smaller appellations of Chalk Hill and Green Valley. Chalk Hill is the warmer of the two and furthest from the ocean, while Green Valley is cooler and closer to the water.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
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.