2006 Rochioli Chardonnay Sweetwater Vineyard
Russian River, Sonoma, California
 
WB Rating: 92

 
Alcohol by volume: 14.2%
Price at time of purchase: $65.00 (from winery)
 
Type: Chardonnay
Principal varietal(s): Chardonnay

The prices on these gems keep rising each year, but the pain is mostly forgotten when they're drunk. The 2006 Sweetwater Vineyard seems less lees-influenced than the other single-vineyard Rochioli's I've tried. It's also not as powerful as some others, but it has a wonderfully regal feel. Deeply flavored and with the characteristic Rochioli purity and freshness, the Sweetwater gives off superb aromatics of lemon oil and ripe peaches as well as strong minerality - like drinking a great Chardonnay laced with mineral water. Perfect balance, rich and long but graceful as a spring breeze. Beautiful Chardonnay. - HK 2009-12-09

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