J. Rochioli Sauvignon Blanc Russian River Valley Estate Grown 2006
The old vine 2006 Sauvignon Blanc possesses crisp, melon and fig-like notes, fresh acidity, and medium body. While it does not reveal the intensity and richness of some previous vintages, it is an excellent white to enjoy over the next several years.Add winemaker's notes
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The old vine 2006 Sauvignon Blanc possesses crisp, melon and fig-like notes, fresh acidity, and medium body. While it does not reveal the intensity and richness of some previous vintages, it is an excellent white to enjoy over the next several years.
Most of the grapes are from the winery's original 1959 planting. It's a beautiful, refined Sauvignon Blanc, brimming with lemon and lime, freshly mowed green grass and tangy green apple flavors. Partial barrel fermentation adds a creamy complexity. The wine is totally dry and bright in acidity, but it's really the fruit that stars.
A rich, grassy style, with refreshing acidity and tart lime, grapefruit and papaya flavors. Ends with a touch of herb and cedar. Drink now. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.
Rochioli's forty-year-old vines produce concentrated fruit, and Tom Rochioli preserves that fruit with a beautiful, fresh clarity. This isn't built up with oak (30 percent gets barrel fermented to fill out the mid-palate, a textural rather than a flavor component), nor is it full and weighty. Instead, it manages to be a mouthwatering wine of substance, powerful and gripping yet clean and elusive as spring water. And it's easy to keep pouring the wine purely for its freshness and clarity without focusing on the length of flavor, on the white berry and gooseberry crispness that lasts. Enjoy it with soft-shell crab, or save a bottle for Dungeness season.
Rochioli's chardonnays and pinots are great, but for me the sauvignon blanc is the jewel of the estate---consistently one of the top white wines of California. Joe Rochioli's son, Tom, now blends the fruit from those old vines with smaller lots from newer plantings; he ferments a small portion in barrel to build richness and harmony, with an imperceptible oak underpinning. What's perceptible is pure, lime-scented fruit, the silken texture and the freshness, like a sea breeze carried upriver and captured by the vines. Invest in a cse to serve with anything from the sea.
Tom Rocioli has a way with sauvignon. He tinkers with it, barrel fermenting a small portion to give the wine structure, boldness, a wide-ranging scale, but he doesn't push, and the wine doesn't feel manipulated. After all the ripe expression of lime and tangerine, the flavors pull back, ending clean, lively and fresh. There's a subtlety to this wine that sets it apart, something you might appreciate as the day cools to evening on the wrap-around porch, with thick-cut veal chops on the grill.
About 75% of the 2005 Sauvignon Blanc Estate is from this site. Melons, lemon oil, honeyed grapefruit, and quince aromas jump from the glass of this medium-bodied, fresh Sauvignon. Revealing crisp, zingy acidity as well as a touch of minerals, this beauty should drink well for several years. Kudos to Tom Rochioli, one of the wine world's great guys who, without any fanfare, continues to turn out world-class wines of extraordinary aromatic and flavor dimensions.
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