2020 Gary Farrell Rochioli Vineyard RRV Chardonnay
Theresa Heredia retains a respect for the traditions of winemaking in Burgundy and professes to pick at the proper ripeness, without over-ripeness, being careful to retain the vibrant acidity from this fog driven Russian River AVA. She has a light touch with her winemaking style and use of barrels. She embraces freshness while striving for elegance and a refined style. What should be known about Heredia is that she is devoutly serious and focused in her mission.
Rochioli Vineyard was purchased by Joe Rochioli Sr. in 1938. Most of the Chardonnay vineyard blocks are located at the far eastern sector of the estate. The majority of this wine comes from the River Block clone 5, planted in 1989. Other parcels are sourced from the Mid-40s Block, planted in 1993, and Allen Block 1, clone 15, planted in 1995. Rochioli Winery and Gary Farrell Winery have had a partnership for more than 30 years.
This Chardonnay is pale to medium yellow in color with aromas of Fuji apples. It is a fleshy and serious wine that is elegantly balanced with lemon meringue, crushed stones, minerality and a hint of nutmeg. The pedigree of the vineyard shines through as the complexities are just beginning to emerge. Give this wine 2-4 years of cellaring to show its true potential.
By W Peter Hoyne