2007 Rochioli "River Block" Russian River Valley Chardonnay

SKU #1080704 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2007 Chardonnay River Block (old Wente and Hanzell clones) has notes of lemon butter, a surprising amount of tropical fruit for this vintage, and terrific acidity. Although it is still somewhat closed, it is very long, rich, and promising. This wine should equal the 2006 and 2005 River Block, but probably needs another year of bottle age given the fact that this vintage seems to have produced wines of slightly more noticeable acidity, not to mention more restrained personalities.  (12/2008)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Light yellow. Smoky citrus and pit fruit aromas are complicated by saffron and crushed stone nuances. Broad, fleshy yellow plum and orange flavors are energized by bitter lemon pith and honeysuckle and pick up a dusty mineral character on the back end. The smoke and floral notes repeat on the long, chewy finish. I'd serve this with the richest fish preparations. This is a blend of clones, notes Rochioli: number 95 ("the fruity one"), Hanzell ("the floral one") and Wente ("the mineral one").  (6/2009)

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Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
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United States

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California

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Alexander Valley/Russian River

- Among Sonoma County's northernmost appellations, the Alexander Valley AVA acts as a gateway to neighboring Napa to the east and Mendocino to the north. It is a sprawling appellation, with pockets of distinct microclimates and soils, and as such, is home to a variety of wine grapes and styles. Nearly everything grows in the Alexander Valley, though Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are the most widely planted grapes. The Russian River Valley lies to the south of Alexander Valley, and is marked by much cooler temperatures and frequently heavy fog. The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grown here are some of the state's finest and most sought-after. Aromatic whites like Gew├╝rztraminer and Riesling can also be successful, and sparkling wine production has a long history in the area.