Grapelive Latest: Feb 18

Grapelive Daily Pick

By Kerry Winslow

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rochiolisb09.gif2009 Rochioli Sauvignon Blanc Russian River Valley.
This is one of my favorite times of the year to visit the Russian River, and see Rochioli when there is less crowds and best of all the Winter/Spring releases are available. I am a big fan and have more than a little bias when it comes to Rochioli, and I admit it up front and that I am a proud member of their mailing list, that said, they do make some of the best wine I’ve ever had and will continue to sing its praises freely. The Rochioli Sauvignon Blanc is always a hit, and this is the brand new 2009 vintage, which is fresh and bright on the palate with lemon/lime, grapefruit, melons and peach fruits all lively and vibrant in the mouth. There is some light herb and grass tucked away in the background, but is not aggressive and adds a savory element to the wine. This wine should develop a rounder feel and gain some depth with a few more months in bottle, though it is easy to enjoy now, and I’m thinking of drinking mine as fresh as I can with seafood and spring greens. ($26-35 Est.) 92 Points, grapelive

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