This is the second single vineyard Chardonnay from this historic vineyard. Ramey has enjoyed a wonderful relationship with the Rochioli family for years and are excited to produce this elegant and fruit-driven wine from their neighbour’s vineyard on West side Road.
98 Points Wine Enthusiast ... The second vintage of this vineyard-designate is a standout. Beautifully crafted to reflect its meticulously farmed fruit and master winemaking. Brioche, honeyed apple, anise and pear wrap around crisp acidity and integrated oak, the wine’s innate power balanced within an elegant framework of structure and graceful texture.
95 Points Jeb Dunnuck ... One of my favorite releases from Ramey, the 2016 Chardonnay Rochioli Vineyard comes from a Grand Cru site in the Russian River and has incredibly classic notes of white flowers, tart citrus, and subtle orchard fruits. It’s one of those wines that’s both powerful and elegant, with medium to full body, a great mid-palate, integrated acidity, and just everything in the right places. It’s a beautiful, layered, age-worthy Chardonnay to enjoy over the coming 10-15 years.
94 Points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate ... This is the second vintage of a Rochioli vineyard designate Chardonnay made by Ramey. Grapes were sourced from vines planted between 1989 and 2005 and were fermented in barrel with bâtonnage, then aged in 21% new French oak for 20 months. The nose of the 2016 Chardonnay Rochioli Vineyard opens with Meyer lemon, pulverized stone, lime peel and soft white flowers with touches of nuts and cream. Medium to full-bodied, it offers wonderful savoury flavour layers of honeycomb and hazelnut with a gorgeous velvety texture and great length plus lots of mineral sparks coming through on the finish.