2008 Rochioli Chardonnay River Block Vineyard
Russian River, Sonoma, California
WB Rating: 91

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

This is an exceptionally suave and elegant Chardonnay. Nothing overblown in any dimension, yet so satisfying on both the hedonistic and intellectual front. Reticent nose (the only rational criticism I can find of this wine), lighter than air and yet full, long, and complex in the mouth. Suggestions of banana (or banana bread) and other tropical fruits, morphing into more tangerine citrus notes. Underneath it all, sweet spices, a strong Burgundian mineral element, and a hint of lees and toast. Super clean and pure mouth feel, a hallmark of virtually all the Rochioli whites. It's hard to put into words just how pleasing and untiring this wine is to drink. - HK 2013-10-23


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