2012 Rochioli Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc
Wine & Spirits
This Sauvignon’s succulence and its bold depths of flavor come from old vines, some dating to 1960, planted by Joe Rochioli from a selection he gathered at an old UC Davis field station. About 40 percent of the blend comes from younger vines (2001). While the tree fruit flavors are supple, with spicy hints of lees, the structure is firm and tight, then mouthwatering and as clean as well water in the end. It has the cool feel of asparagus tips snapped from a spring garden, and will carry that freshness right through to the fall.
This Sauvignon Blanc impresses for subtle elegance. It’s not the biggest or the fruitiest, doesn’t dazzle with richness, and doesn’t club you over the head with oak. Instead, it offers dryness, crisp acidity and tart green apple, lemongrass, cream and vanilla flavors.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 Sauvignon Blanc does not include as high a percentage of old vine material as it used to, but it offers lots of flinty, stony, crisp pineapple, grapefruit and melon notes, medium body and good freshness. A terrific example of Sauvignon Blanc, it should be enjoyed over the next 1-3 years.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Pale gold. Pungent orange and lemon pith on the nose, with subtle herb and floral qualities adding complexity. A juicy, fleshy sauvignon blanc, with faintly bitter citrus and pear skin flavors deepened by a suggestion of sweet butter and firmed by chalky minerality. Finishes with gentle sweetness and sneaky length, leaving a tangy lemon zest note in its wake. Wears its 14.5% alcohol quite well.
The toasted hay flavors mingle well with the peach, melon and lemony citrus notes, leading to a crisp finish. (Web-2013)