J. Rochioli Pinot Noir Russian River Valley River Block 2008
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.
Fresh apple tart with some caramel, hazelnut qualities. A zesty, smoky tropical fruit nose. Really a spectacular chard!! - Tasted at winery 4/21/10
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.
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/ )
I really like how smooth this Chard is. Buttery and not a whole lot of oak.
External Reviews for J. Rochioli Pinot Noir Russian River Valley River Block
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
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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
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