2008 J Rochioli - Chardonnay Sweetwater Vineyard 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

The Sweetwater Vineyard is one of Rochioli's newest sites, and the 2008 Chardonnay Sweetwater Vineyard (also from an old Wente clone) exhibits lots of minerality in addition to more white peach, quince, creme brulee, and mango characteristics as well as an overriding sense of crushed rocks/wet stones. It has a full-bodied, powerful personality reminiscent of a white Burgundy, only riper. This cuvee should drink well for 5-6 years.

Drink Dates: 2010-2016
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 187

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

($60) Light, bright gold. Slightly leesy aromas of poached pear, buttered toast and spices. Rich, ripe and supple, with a chewy quality to the orchard fruit, orange and mineral flavors. A building spicy element gives complexity to the finish and adds a vibrant touch to the deep fruit flavors. Give this some air.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 150

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Average rating: 93, based on 2 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

175 bottles owned by 70 collectors.

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About This Producer

With three generations of dedication to the land, Rochioli Vineyards and Winery has earned the reputation as one of Sonoma County's finest. This family legacy began in 1938, when Joe Rochioli Sr. purchased land he had long farmed. He had the foresight to know that the soil of the Russian River Valley would one day produce some of the world's greatest wines. His son Joe Jr. embraced this vision and today craft renowned, terrior-driven wines built on a foundation of superb fruit.

The result has been a decades-long tradition of outstanding vintages: Silky-smooth, fruit-forward Pinot Noirs; rich, opulent Chardonnays; and tangy, food-friendly Sauvignon Blancs.

Wine Varietal: Chardonnay

Arguably the best dry white wine grape out there, Chardonnay is grown all over the globe. In addition to being the backbone of fine white Burgundies, Chardonnay is also one of the three major grape varieties used in producing Champagne. Susceptible to a myriad of complications, Chardonnay berries are relatively small, thin-skinned, fragile, and oxidize easily. Chardonnay grapes can be sensitive to winemaking techniques and more difficult to handle from harvest to bottling than many other varieties. Some producers will use malolactic fermentation (where harsher malic acid is turned into softer lactic acid and carbon dioxide) to reduce crispness and acidity and add a creamy, buttery texture to wines. The "oaky" character of some Chardonnays comes from fermenting or aging which takes place in oak barrels. Once barrel-aged, Chardonnay may take on notes of vanilla or toast. While Chardonnay is produced worldwide, the best can be found in France, the United States, Argentina, Chile, Australia, Italy, New Zealand, and South Africa. Typical descriptors for Chardonnay include mineral, green apple, citrus, tropical fruits, vanilla, butter and smokiness.

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