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2009 Rochioli Vineyards Chardonnay Sweetwater Vineyard Russian River Valley
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About Rochioli Vineyards

The Rochioli’s have owned this land, a 162 acre estate, since Tom Rochioli’s grandfather purchased it in 1938. The first Pinot Noir crop was harvested in 1971, but it wasn’t until the completion of the current winery in 1985, that production really increased...

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2009 Rochioli Vineyards Chardonnay Sweetwater Vineyard Russian River Valley

Producer: Rochioli Vineyards
Style: White Wine
Grape Type: Chardonnay
Origin: California
Region: Sonoma
Appellation: Russian River Valley

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93 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2011

Bright gold.  Deeply pitched aromas of pear skin, peach pit, iodine, clove and smoky oak.  Rich, large-scaled and expansive, offering powerful orchard and pit fruit flavors with a strong mineral underpinning.  Ample but also tightly wound and focused, finishing with excellent clarity and smoky persistence.  This could handle the richest fish or poultry dishes.

95 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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The best Chardonnays in the world continue to arrive from the region where the grape first emerged: the chalk, clay, and limestone vineyards of Burgundy and Chablis. While the origins of the grape were disputed for many years, with some speculating that the grape came all the way from the Middle East, DNA researchers at the University of California-Davis proved in 1999 that Chardonnay actually developed...
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