2011 J Rochioli - Chardonnay River Block Vineyard 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

Rochioli's 2011 Chardonnay River Block is impressive. Subtle and understated in this vintage, the 2011 is classy from start to finish. Bright citrus and white orchard fruit lead to sweet floral notes in this delineated, energetic Chardonnay. Although the 2011 is a bit laid back relative to recent vintages, there is a lot to like. This is a gorgeous wine from Tom Rochioli. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2021.

Drink Dates: 2014-2021
Author: Antonio Galloni
Issue: 206

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

Bright gold. Sexy, highly perfumed aromas of pear, melon, nectarine and orange zest, complicated by subtle notes of iodine, anise and chalk. Deep, penetrating citrus and pit fruit flavors are underscored by chalky minerality, which adds lift and cut. A floral quality comes up with air and carries through the spicy, very persistent finish.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 168

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 90

Slow to unfold but gains steadily, offering green apple, pineapple and toasty flavors, with citrus, light oak and floral scents. Shows impressive balance and a solid sense of proportion.

Drink Dates: 2014-2021
Author: James Laube


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Average rating: 92, based on 3 reviews
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24 bottles owned by 10 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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