I have had the privilege of visit the Russian River Valley (Sonoma County, California) at one point in life together with Californian wine collector. The visit was a very special memory that stays on my retina forever. Especially for the reason that I got two absolute favorites in the shape of wines from the two italian origin producers Martinelli and Rochioli.
Unfortunately, I made a huge mistake regarding wine purchases during the visit. To my great surprise (discovered afterwards) the tour began, in the adorable beautiful valley, with visits to the two fantastic producers. And with my plan that everything would be even better later on, I decided just to buy a single bottle from each property. Ahhh I regret it still this day. So if you are planning a visit in these magically beautiful wine region, I can heartily recommend that you instead end up with the these two producers.
I have long tried to get hold of wines from Rochioli which I believe makes one of the US premier Pinot Noirs and as many customers in the US line up every year to buy the precious bottles. But luckily we can today buy both the Chardonnay and Pinot in Sweden at Systembolaget.
New taste journey
But lets start the new taste journey by going back in history. Joe Rochioli emigrated with his parents in 1911 to the United States from the Tuscan town of Lucca. He started working as most of the other kids (at the time) already at 10 years old. And eventually he became foreman at Wohler Ranch in the Russian River Valley.
The next step was the move to Fenton Acres where Rochioli Estate is located today. And after much savings Joe Sr. could purchase the property. He unfortunately died already in 1966 and after selling the harvest to other producers, the family started in 1983 to make wines under the own name. Joe Jr. laid the foundation for today's success story with the cultivation of grape varieties as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, which fits excellently well in this particular region.
Today the company is managed successfully by Joe Jr.'s son Tom Rochioli and since the first vintage of their Pinot and Chardonnay wines they are perceived as some of the best wines made in the USA.
Rochioli Estate Chardonnay 2012
The wine present it self with a wonderful sunset yellow color along with a seductive fresh scent of citrus, vanilla and nuttiness. Taste aromas is divinely good with a perfection of acid, minerals, and world-class aromas of citrus with a silky nano-layers of vanilla, ripe apricots and Golden Delicious apples.
What a tremendously good Chardonnay, that is still under development. This wine, you can enjoy to the last sip, but after the first glass I recommend that you to let it sit overnight in the fridge to get even more essence next day. For the wine just keeps getting better! So happy that my reunion with one of Rochiolis wines was more than successful. And best of all is that I've Pinot for next weekend.