Rochioli Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Sauvignon Blanc from Russian River, California

$39.99
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Item No. 132172
  • white wine
  • W&S93
  • WE91
  • RP90
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:
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Winemaker's Notes

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.

Critical Acclaim

"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."
93 Points

"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."
91 Points

"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. "
90 Points

"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"
90 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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