2011 Rochioli Chardonnay Estate
Russian River, Sonoma, California
 
WB Rating: 89

 
Alcohol by volume: 14.5%
Price at time of purchase: $40.00 (from winery)
 
Type: Chardonnay
Principal varietal(s): Chardonnay

The 2011 Estate Chardonnay was only released a week or so ago, and it is undoubtedly not showing the breadth and depth that's going to develop in the next year or so. (It took the 2010 at least a year to get there.) That said, it is still drinking nicely - harmonious in texture and balance, with subtle tart peachy fruit and a hint of roasted almonds in the midrange and finish. The question now is whether this wine will soften and deepen enough to challenge the outstanding 2010 Estate. - HK 2012-09-14

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