2015 Chardonnay, Rochioli Vineyard, Russian River Valley

Publication

Capital Gazette

Author

Tom Marquardt

Date

November 2018

Review

This producer is on a roll with its pinot noir and chardonnay program. We loved this opulent, concentrated chardonnay from a special vineyard in the Russian River Valley. Tropical fruit notes with a bit of citrus, mineral and toasted oak.

Publication

The Press Democrat

Author

Peg Melnik

Date

November 7, 2018

Rating

★★★★1/2

Review

This is a blousy chardonnay with great complexity. It has aromas and flavors of bright apple, melon, creme brulee, brioche and a toffee finish. Impressive.

Publication

Forbes

Author

Courtney Schiessl

Date

November 30, 2018

Review

Holiday Gift Guide 2018: The Best Chardonnay Wines The first release of single-vineyard Chardonnay from this site, this wine is ripe and juicy, with intense concentration. But at the same time, it has incredible finesse and length, with layers of flavor unfolding on the palate. Minerality and soft blossoms accent that rich, peach and orange-like center, and it will almost certainly evolve for years to come.

Publication

Jeb Dunnuck

Author

Jeb Dunnuck

Date

June 2018

Rating

97

Review

The finest white in the lineup is the 2015 Chardonnay Rochioli Vineyard. More crystalline, salty, and toasty, with beautiful orchard fruits, this rockstar effort tastes like a great Montrachet. With full body, beautiful concentration, vibrant acidity, and a great, great finish, drink it anytime over the coming 10-15 years.

Publication

Decanter

Author

Elin McCoy

Date

May 2018

Rating

93

Review

This is the first vintage of this wine, made using grapes from the historic Rochioli vineyard on Yolo loam soils, plus a tiny bit from the Allen Vineyard, which the Rochiolis also farm. Most of the grapes come from vines that are more than 20 years old. The wine has a very rich, deep, fruity character with super-refined elegance and a long finish.