Grapelive Daily Pick
By Kerry Winslow
2008 Rochioli Sauvignon Blanc Russian River Valley.
One of my favorite wineries, Rochioli, has been producing one of the best loved Sauvignon Blanc for many, many years now, even if they are much more famous for their wonderful Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays. Even though it doesn’t get the press it deserves sometimes, this is a very fine and fun wine that even surprises me, a long time fan, with its quality and this vintage even raises the bar further. Sometimes a wine reaches heights of pleasure because of the moment and mood, that said this wine helped make the mood and moment that much more perfect. While having fresh oysters and steamed fresh mussels this wine matched every taste and lifted everything up with bright fresh flavors and still showing depth of its own. The nose is full of citrus flowers with hints of herbs and grass before a crisp and savory palate of lemon-lime, quince, grapefruit and melon. There are some sweet and spicy notes that hint at fresh herbs and nice clean peachy stone fruit finish. ($28-34 Est.) 92-93 Points, grapelive