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The 2020 Chardonnay River Block, from Wente selection vines planted in deeper, alluvial soils along the Russian River, has pretty scents of apricot, quince, honeysuckle and beeswax with wafts of matchstick. The medium-bodied palate has a satiny texture with youthfully tense, flinty fruits, juicy acidity and a long, textural finish. It may unwind with another year or two in bottle.
- WinemakerTom Rochioli & Ryan Rochioli
- RegionCalifornia North Coast
- AppellationRussian River Valley
Rochioli Chardonnay River Block Russian River 2020
Chardonnay | US
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Rochioli epitomizes the California North Coast Chardonnay here. Ripe stone fruit and Fireweed honey to the nose with hints of beeswax and a long silky finish. The juicy high acidity is mellowed with a crushed-rock minerality that can be supported with a few years in the cellar.
About the Producer
With three generations of dedication to the land, Rochioli Vineyards and Winery has earned the reputation as one of Sonoma County's finest wineries. The Rochioli family crafts renowned, terroir-driven wines built on a foundation of superb fruit. These wines are always in demand, always revered a,nd always rated among the best varietals to be sought anywhere in the world. "2020 was an early season, so we picked it all before September 1, and the fires started on August 17. We did lay off on the percentage of new wood," he continued, explaining that lab numbers are not necessarily representative of flavor. "I tested my 2019s with the 2020s, and they showed higher smoke numbers than the 2020s, simply from the char of the barrel. The smoke numbers we saw were irrelevant because there's just much more to smoke taint than that."