2010 J Rochioli - Chardonnay River Block Vineyard 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

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.

Drink Dates: 2012-2016
Author: Antonio Galloni


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Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

On the delicate, understated side, yet rich with ripe peach, nectarine and tangerine flavors that linger, ending with a touch of crushed rock.

Drink Dates: 2012-2018
Author: James Laube


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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

Bright yellow-gold. Smoky, mineral-accented aromas of orange zest, poached pear and iodine, with a floral accent that builds with air. Juicy, penetrating orchard fruit flavors show impressive intensity and and good tangy citrus lift. Shows serious power and focus on the finish, where the iodine and pear notes repeat.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 162

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Average rating: 93, based on 3 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

25 bottles owned by 9 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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