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Rochioli Chardonnay Rachael's Russian River 2020  - First Bottle


95 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate -
The 2020 Chardonnay Rachael's Vineyard has a delicate perfume of green pears, honeysuckle, sliced almonds, flint and toasted meringue. The medium-bodied palate has a satiny texture and tangy, citrusy focus at this youthful stage, finishing long and textural. It may flesh out with another year or two in bottle.
92 Vinous -
The 2020 Chardonnay Rachael's Vineyard is very nicely done. It has just enough mid-palate depth and liancy to fill out its mid -weight frame. Lemon confit, pear, lime, white flowers and sage all run through this classy, understated Chardonnay from Tom Rochioli.

Technical Details

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

Rochioli Chardonnay Rachael's Russian River 2020

Chardonnay  |  US
WA95, VN92

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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."