2005 Rochioli Chardonnay River Block
Russian River, Sonoma, California
 
WB Rating: 93

 
Alcohol by volume: 14.2%
Price at time of purchase: $55.00 (from winery)
 
Type: Chardonnay
Principal varietal(s): Chardonnay

This spectacular Chardonnay is definitely a special-occasion wine. As good as the regular Rochioli Estate Chardonnay is, this single-vineyard Chardonnay is two levels deeper, richer, longer, and more complex. Multiple levels of flavor cascade over the palate, highlighted by butterscotch, sweet straw, yeast, minerals, and apricot. Very Burgundian in feel, with a wonderful clean and crisp texture yet tremendous viscosity and length. This will become my house white once the national economic bailout package makes me a billionaire. - HK 2009-02-14

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