2007 Rochioli Chardonnay Sweetwater Vineyard
Russian River, Sonoma, California
WB Rating: 92

Alcohol by volume: 14.2%
Price at time of purchase: $60.00 (from winery)
Type: Chardonnay
Principal varietal(s): Chardonnay

Another Rochioli single-vineyard Chardonnay displaying that rare feel of purity, transparency, and regal class. Light as a spring breeze yet possessing layer upon layer of mineral-laden citrus and pineapple fruit and hefty doses of roasted hazelnuts and spice. I don't find this vintage quite as mineral-dominated as the 2006, but the quality level is every bit as high. The nose is almost sweet-feeling due to the density of fruit, spice, and honeysuckle floral notes. Seamless in the mouth with a lingering finish in which the roasted nuts are prominent. Long, deep, perfectly balanced, beautifully harmonious. - HK 2011-01-28


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