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Rochioli Chardonnay Sweetwater Vineyard 2020  - First Bottle


97 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate -
The 2020 Chardonnay Sweetwater Vineyard is powerful and hedonistic. Scented of Meyer lemon, meringue, toasted almonds and chamomile, it takes some time to unfold its finer nuances as it spends time in the glass. The palate surprises with its satiny texture and ripe, concentrated citrus fruits. It's energized by tangy acidity and has a long, textural finish. It's a powerful Chardonnay with youthful, hedonistic appeal and food-friendly textural grip.

Technical Details

  • BlendChardonnay
  • WinemakerTom Rochioli & Ryan Rochioli
  • CountryUS
  • RegionCalifornia North Coast
  • AppellationRussian River Valley
  • Alcohol14.5%

Rochioli Chardonnay Sweetwater Vineyard 2020

Chardonnay  |  US

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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."