Rochioli River Block Chardonnay 2010

Chardonnay from Russian River, California

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Item No. 116727
  • white wine
  • collectible wine
  • V94
  • WS93
  • ST93
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. 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.

Critical Acclaim

"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."
94 Points

"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."
93 Points

"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."
93 Points

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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