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J. Rochioli Pinot Noir Russian River Valley River Block 2008

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Our 2008 Estate Chardonnay is a blend from our Estate Chardonnay vineyards. The blend consists of Sixty percent Mid 40, twenty-four percent River Block, and sixteen percent South River Vineyard. It is a fine example of the unique characteristics from our property and the Russian River Valley. Aromas of ripe apple, tropical fruit, vanilla and a touch of spice combine with the rich apple flavors and crisp acidity.

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Rochioli Vineyard & Winery:
With three generations of dedication to the land, Rochioli Vineyards and Winery has earned the reputation as one of Sonoma County's finest wineries. 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 thi... Read more
With three generations of dedication to the land, Rochioli Vineyards and Winery has earned the reputation as one of Sonoma County's finest wineries. 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. Always in demand, always revered and always rated among the best varietals to be sought anywhere in the world. This commitment to quality is unwavering and our promise to everyone who uncorks a bottle of our wine. Read less
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RiceSelect's fragrant Jasmati® is blended with eggs, milk and fall's favorite spices, cinnamon and nutmeg, to create a delicious rice pudding, which is layered on top of fluffy cream cheese and abuttery pecan crust. Pairs well with a bold, tawny port with flavors of dried fruits, nuts, and spices.

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Member Reviews for J. Rochioli Pinot Noir Russian River Valley River Block

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Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,195
5.00 5
05/03/2010

Fresh apple tart with some caramel, hazelnut qualities. A zesty, smoky tropical fruit nose. Really a spectacular chard!! - Tasted at winery 4/21/10


Snooth User: WineborkDotCom
38982702
4.00 5
11/29/2009

I should just xerox the reviews for this wine from year to year since it is so consistent. Though it's at the bottom rung of the Rochioli price ladder, it is always a wonderfully fresh and lively Chardonnay with great fruit purity and no element out of balance. While a smidgeon tight when first uncorked, the 2008 opens nicely as it warms up to show off its slightly floral sweet citrus fruits and subtle spice, honey, and roasted-nut-like components. Clean and refreshing feeling in the mouth, crisp finish. At this point I'd rate it just a tad below the excellent 2007 Estate.


Snooth User: Tyler Worth
497729839
3.50 5
01/18/2011

92 points. What I like most about this wine is its ability to pick you up and take you somewhere, to give you the full experience of savoring its unique sense of place. On the nose, you are immediately greeted by sea stone and an excellent, oceanic quality. It’s extremely crisp, but there is also a bit of tropical flowers and kitchen spice that make the wine fascinatingly appealing. This wine opens soft, with a reserved, tropical fruit, apple, and spiced pastry quality. This then gives way distinctly to a creamy, more oak-influenced core, complete with elegant vanilla and butter tones. This really is a beautiful wine, and it could be one of the most refined Chardonnays that I have had from anywhere in California. It’s just gorgeously structured, clearly with an Old World style in mind, and its finish, which seems to last indefinitely, is exceptional. Not inexpensive at $60, but this has got to be one of the finest examples of Chardonnay that I have tried at this, or any other price point, in this part of the world. I can say without a doubt, you’ll get every bit of your money’s worth from this wine. Source: What's Worth Drinking: Post #32: Russian River Valley Chardonnay ( http://whatsworthdrinking.com/2010/06/24/post-32-russian-river-valley-chardonnay/ )


Snooth User: RamonG
44865281
3.50 5
06/01/2010

I really like how smooth this Chard is. Buttery and not a whole lot of oak.


Snooth User: Derek67
32027694
4.00 5
Vintage: 2005 09/28/2007

Tastes on berries and earth. Lot's going on for a young vine wine. A total value for a Rochioli pinot.


Snooth User: Loup Garou
24286421
4.00 5
Vintage: 2005 08/27/2009

Truly a lovely wine. Dark cherry, spice, hint of acid. Smooth.


Snooth User: Velocita07
10369114
5.00 5
Vintage: 2005 12/06/2008

Five glasses


External Reviews for J. Rochioli Pinot Noir Russian River Valley River Block

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
09/22/2010

The 2008 Chardonnay River Block (made from old Wente and Hanzell clones) is a medium to full-bodied, elegant effort displaying abundant lemon and orange blossom notes along with hints of tropical fruits, crushed rocks, and pears. This zesty, substant... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2008 J Rochioli Chardonnay River Block 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
10/02/2010

Green-tinged yellow. Powerful aromas of iodine, dried flowers and smoky minerals, plus a hint of dried pear. This is emphatically not about fruit and smells like catnip to this Chablis freak. The palate offers outstanding clarity and energy, with sup... Stephen Tanzer's IWC. A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2008 J Rochioli Chardonnay South River Vineyard 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
09/22/2010

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... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2008 Rochioli, J Chardonnay Sweetwater Vineyard 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
07/20/2010

A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2008 J Rochioli Chardonnay South River Vineyard 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
07/20/2010

A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2008 Rochioli, J Chardonnay Sweetwater Vineyard 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2007 01/29/2010

Forest floor, earthy, autumnal vegetation, and sweet raspberry and black cherry notes jump from the glass of the dark ruby/purple-colored 2007 Pinot Noir River Block Vineyard. This is a beauty, with good acidity, full-bodied power, and a nicely layer... Robert Parker. A Pinot Noir wine from California in USA. 2007 J Rochioli Pinot Noir River Block 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2007 07/28/2010

The most closed and backward is the 2007 Pinot Noir East Block. Always coming from the coolest site for Pinot Noir of the Rochiolis' already cool terroirs, this wine has full body, leafy red fruits, especially pomegranate, with some spring flowers as... Robert Parker. A Pinot Noir wine from California in USA. 2007 J Rochioli Pinot Noir East Block 750ml


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Our 2008 Estate Chardonnay is a blend from our Estate Chardonnay vineyards. The blend consists of Sixty percent Mid 40, twenty-four percent River Block, and sixteen percent South River Vineyard. It is a fine example of the unique characteristics from our property and the Russian River Valley. Aromas of ripe apple, tropical fruit, vanilla and a touch of spice combine with the rich apple flavors and crisp acidity.

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