This is another beautiful portfolio of wines from Tom Rochioli. Since they all possess a similar style, one can quibble over just how much difference there is between all the different cuvees of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. However, there are subtle differences that I will do my best to articulate. With respect to his Pinot Noirs, Rochioli completely destems his grapes, does a cold soak for 4-5 days, and keeps the wines in 100% Francois Freres French cooperage for 14-16 months or less. The wines are racked directly from barrel to tank, and are bottled without fining or filtration. (RP) 93+
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'). (ST)
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2013 Solomon Hills "Solomon Hills Vineyard" Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay (Previously $40)