The 2011 Chardonnay Rachel’s Vineyard is totally weightless in the glass. A gorgeous, striking wine, the Rachel’s is all about subtle grace and finesse. Crushed rocks, graphite, white flowers and yellow stone fruits add complexity on the finish. Here it is the pedigree of the Mt. Eden clone that speaks loudly. Tom Rochioli describes 2011 as a cold vintage with lower ripeness and alcohol levels than the norm. Considering these are usually fairly rich, bold wines (the style Rochioli prefers), the combination of a cooler year and the inherent depth that is the house signature is particularly appealing. (AG)
Vivid yellow. Vibrant, smoke-accented citrus, mineral and floral scents are complicated by deeper pear and iodine qualities. Sappy, concentrated Meyer lemon and pear flavors are brightened by juicy acidity and given a firm edge by smoky minerals. Gains flesh and weight on the long, focused finish, which repeats the smoke and mineral qualities. (ST)
Intense and a touch raw, featuring vibrant, citrus-laced pear, green apple and flinty rock, ending with a dash of smoky oak. Drink now through 2020. (JL)
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