2009 Rochioli Chardonnay Estate
Russian River, Sonoma, California
WB Rating: 87

Alcohol by volume: 14.5%
Price at time of purchase: $35.00 (from winery)
Type: Chardonnay
Principal varietal(s): Chardonnay

Bottled recently, the 2009 Estate Chardonnay is still fairly tight and unexpressive. When cold out of the refrigerator, it's somewhat tart and monolithic, but with some air and warmth, it begins to show the usual Rochioli harmony and balance as well as subtle flavors of lime peel, mineral water, roasted nuts, and a touch of peach. It's probably too early to judge this one fairly, but for now I'd definitely pop the '07 or '08 before going for the '09. - HK 2010-11-07


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