2017 Chardonnay, Rochioli Vineyard, Russian River Valley
Highest-Rated Chardonnay on Wine Enthusiast’s Top 100 List in 2020
The 2017 Rochioli blend is 74% from Mid-40 block, 19% River block and 7% Allen Vineyard, which the Rochiolis have farmed for many years. The soil here is Yolo sandy loam and overwash, derived from sedimentary formation in alluvial fans. This is our third single vineyard Chardonnay from this historic vineyard. We’ve enjoyed a wonderful relationship with the Rochioli family for years and are excited to produce this elegant and fruit-driven wine from our neighbor’s vineyard on Westside Road.
Harvest Dates | Brix Aug 30 & Sept 1 | 22.7˚
We gently press whole clusters for phenolic delicacy. Native yeast and full native malolactic fermentation take place in barrel, with sur lies bâtonnage.
After aging 20 months in 20% new François Frères and Taransaud Beaune French oak barrels, this Chardonnay was fined and settled in tank following the next harvest. It was then bottled without filtration.