Rochioli River Block Chardonnay 2010
Chardonnay from Russian River, California
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. It is structured for aging and will reward those with the patience to cellar this wine. The average yield in the vineyard was 2.4 tons per acre, and two hundred and twenty-five cases were produced.
Vinous / Antonio Galloni - "The 2010 Chardonnay River Block emerges from the glass with tangerine, citrus, mint, spices and apricots. It shows lovely depth in its aromas and flavors, with an oily mouthfeel that is undeniably appealing. The River Block is made predominantly from Wente clones, plus a selection of River Hill Chardonnay Rochioli sourced from Steve Kistler. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2016."
Wine Spectator - "On the delicate, understated side, yet rich with ripe peach, nectarine and tangerine flavors that linger, ending with a touch of crushed rock. Drink now through 2018."
International Wine Cellar - "Vivid yellow. Deep, mineral-accented aromas of pear skin, orange and jasmine lifted by a gingery topnote. Sappy, dense and focused, with powerful orchard fruit and spice flavors and a smoky mineral quality building with air. Opulent and palate-staining but lithe chardonnay, with a spine of minerality adding clarity and cut to the impressively long, linear finish."
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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.