2008 Rochioli Chardonnay Estate
Russian River, Sonoma, California
WB Rating: 88

Alcohol by volume: 14.5%
Price at time of purchase: $36.00 (from winery)
Type: Chardonnay
Principal varietal(s): Chardonnay

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. - HK 2010-04-08


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