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Roessler Chardonnay Chalone Brosseau Vineyard 2006

Winemaker's Notes:

Crisp nose of lean tropical fruit spanning from light pineapple to more overt ripe mango. As is opens, notes of butterscotch candy and perfumed oak begin to build as the mango aromas mello into accents over the growing classic Chardonnay fruit. Terrific bracing acidity on the palate provides a vibrant energy to the mouthfeel, accompanied by a backround of lush mineral viscosity around tropical fruit and oak structure. The fruit on the palate follows the development on the nose, with mango and pineapple at the start flowing into more pineapple, finally coming into a wonderful balance of tropical fruit, minerality, structure, and verve.

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Color: White
Varietal: Chardonnay
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Roessler Cellars:
In 2000 Roger Roessler, a longtime restaurateur with projects spread across the western part of the country, and his brother Richard, an electrical engineer and hobbyist winemaker, created Roessler Cellars, dedicated primarily to the kind of food-friendly Pinot Noir on which Roger had built wine lists for his restaurants. Roger’s restaurant interests included a share in the historic Swiss Hote... Read more
In 2000 Roger Roessler, a longtime restaurateur with projects spread across the western part of the country, and his brother Richard, an electrical engineer and hobbyist winemaker, created Roessler Cellars, dedicated primarily to the kind of food-friendly Pinot Noir on which Roger had built wine lists for his restaurants. Roger’s restaurant interests included a share in the historic Swiss Hotel on Sonoma’s town square, where the Sangiacomo family, Carneros’ largest independent grape growers, were regular customers. When it occurred to Roger that he might like to make wine, Angelo Sangiacomo did not hesitate to offer him four and a half tons of pinot noir. On the strength of this offer, the brothers formed the winery, enlisted Wells Guthrie of Copain Wines as their winemaker, and began an expansion that encompassed, just seven years later, no fewer than eleven acclaimed and award winning vineyard-designated pinots sourced from Willamette Valley to the Santa Rita Hills, five appellation pinots with proprietary names, and a dribble of chardonnay. The Roesslers purchased forty acres near Annapolis, in the Sonoma Coast, and fourteen acres in Carneros, where they began planting Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in 2003. With offices on the beautiful plaza in Sonoma, The winemaking is now headed up by full time winemaker Scott Shapley, who is Guthrie’s brother in law and Roessler Cellars has become one of the premiere producers of hand crafted Pinot Noirs in the U.S. sourcing fruit from many of the finest coastal vineyards. Read less

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Snooth User: John Andrews
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3.50 5
12/07/2009

To me this was a more rich style chardonnay from the central coast area of California. It has good acid and a nice long finish. There are hints of tropical fruit but is more a caramel and light oak.



Crisp nose of lean tropical fruit spanning from light pineapple to more overt ripe mango. As is opens, notes of butterscotch candy and perfumed oak begin to build as the mango aromas mello into accents over the growing classic Chardonnay fruit. Terrific bracing acidity on the palate provides a vibrant energy to the mouthfeel, accompanied by a backround of lush mineral viscosity around tropical fruit and oak structure. The fruit on the palate follows the development on the nose, with mango and pineapple at the start flowing into more pineapple, finally coming into a wonderful balance of tropical fruit, minerality, structure, and verve.

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