Rochioli Sauvignon Blanc 2010

Sauvignon Blanc from Russian River, California

Price: $38.99
Item No. 112039
  • ST91
  • W&S91
Style: Fruity & Smooth

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.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most 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%.
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2012
  • W&S93
  • WE91
  • RP90
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Winemaker's Notes

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.

Critical Acclaim

"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."
91 Points

"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."
91 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 Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc (so-veen-YAWN blahnk) One of the most distinctive grapes, Sauvignon Blanc is a highly aromatic variety that does well in both the old and new world. From the Loire Valley of France to Marlborough in New Zealand, Sauvignon Blanc has found many regions that bring out its unique and delicious flavors. Notable Facts Sauvignon Blanc's home...

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