Made from the Mt. Eden clone, the 2012 Chardonnay Rachael’s Vineyard comes across as the most Corton-Charlemagne-like of these cuvees. I would not be surprised if decades ago this clonal material had been culled from Louis Latour’s Corton-Charlemagne vineyard in Burgundy. Very stony with lots of peach, honeysuckle, apricot, poached pear and buttered citrus characteristics, this big, rich, definitive Chardonnay has a certain flamboyance as well as a long, long finish. (RP)
Light gold. Emphatically perfumed scents of nectarine, orange and pear, with a bright mineral overtone. Racy, focused and strikingly pure, offering intense citrus and orchard fruit flavors and hints of smoke minerals and white pepper. Picks up a sexy floral nuance on the incisive finish, which lingers with taut, mineral-driven tenacity. This is Rochioli's highest-altitude vineyard, and it shows. (ST)
The 2012 Chardonnay Rachael's Vineyard is the deepest and richest of these 2012 Chardonnays from Tom Rochioli. Tangerine, honey, mint and wild flowers all meld together in an oily, textured Chardonnay endowed with striking depth, nuance and clarity. The Rachael's is beautifully and persistent on the finish, with plenty of Mt. Eden clone finesse. (AG)
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