Rochioli Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Sauvignon Blanc from Russian River, California
For this Sauvignon Blanc, the grapes are sourced from the original Sauvignon Blanc vineyard planted in 1959, from our 25 year old hillside vineyard and also from the newest planting of a very special and rare clone. The wine is tank fermented at a cool temperature to preserve its intense varietal character and firm acidity.
Wine & Spirits - "This sauvignon’s succulence and its bold depths of flavor come from old vines, some dating to 1960, planted by Joe Rochioli from a selection he gathered at an old UC Davis field station. About 40 percent of the blend comes from younger vines (2001). While the tree fruit flavors are supple, with spicy hints of lees, the structure is firm and tight, then mouthwatering and as clean as well water in the end. It has the cool feel of asparagus tips snapped from a spring garden, and will carry that freshness right through to the fall."
Wine Enthusiast - "This Sauvignon Blanc impresses for subtle elegance. It’s not the biggest or the fruitiest, doesn’t dazzle with richness, and doesn’t club you over the head with oak. Instead, it offers dryness, crisp acidity and tart green apple, lemongrass, cream and vanilla flavors."
The Wine Advocate - "The 2012 Sauvignon Blanc does not include as high a percentage of old vine material as it used to, but it offers lots of flinty, stony, crisp pineapple, grapefruit and melon notes, medium body and good freshness. A terrific example of Sauvignon Blanc, it should be enjoyed over the next 1-3 years. "
International Wine Cellar - "Pale gold. Pungent orange and lemon pith on the nose, with subtle herb and floral qualities adding complexity. A juicy, fleshy sauvignon blanc, with faintly bitter citrus and pear skin flavors deepened by a suggestion of sweet butter and firmed by chalky minerality. Finishes with gentle sweetness and sneaky length, leaving a tangy lemon zest note in its wake"
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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.