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Rocca Giovanni Langhe Chardonnay 2021

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750ML / 14.5% ABV
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4.8 24 Ratings
750ML / 14.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

A bright and crisp Chardonnay with a light straw-yellow shade, very consistent and of fine quality. The aroma is reminiscent of citrus, ripe apples, and fresh herbs, with a persistent aftertaste.

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COMMENTARY: The 2021 Rocca Giovanni Chardonnay is fragrant and pleasingly persistent on the palate. TASTING NOTES: This wine excels with aromas and flavors of dried earth, aromatic spices, and ripe apple skin. Pair it with panko-coated, pan-fried Petrale sole. (Tasted: July 10, 2022, San Francisco, CA)
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Rocca Giovanni

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Rocca Giovanni, Italy
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In Piedmont, Rocca Giovanni is a three-generation, family run winery that cultivates their estate with care, passion and authenticity. They respect the traditions and land, use only eco-friendly treatments in the vineyard and adhere to a sustainable and organic winemaking philosophy. Their impressive range of small production wines include Chardonnay, Barbera, Nebbiolo & several top rated Barolo’s. Rocca Giovanni’s winery consists of 22 hectares of vineyards located in the municipality of Monforte d'Alba Piedmont, a small village which is part of the eleven communes of Barolo of ancient origin which owes its fame to its beauty as well as its great wines.

 

For three generations, the Rocca family has cultivated their estate with care, passion and authenticity. Over the years the family transitioned from grape growers to producers. The patriarch Giovanni manages the winery with his wife Caterina and the help of oenologist Piero Ballario. Joined by their daughter Federica and son Maurizio the winery now produces about 80,000 bottles a year. From the beginning the company puts into practice a simple philosophy based on respect for tradition of the land and the winery using eco-friendly products for the treatments in the vineyard and a natural winemaking that reflects the lifestyle of the Rocca family. Thanks to the vineyard position (south-east), the successful exposure of the vineyards and the favorable microclimate of the Langhe; each harvest allows the winery to produce consistently excellent results.

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Set upon a backdrop of the visually stunning Alps, the enchanting and rolling hills of Piedmont are the source of some of the country’s longest-lived and most sought-after red wines. Vineyards cover a great majority of the land area—especially in Barolo—with the most prized sites at the top hilltops or on south-facing slopes where sunlight exposure is maximized. Piedmont has a continental climate with hot, humid summers leading to cold winters and precipitation year-round. The reliable autumnal fog provides a cooling effect, especially beneficial for Nebbiolo, Piedmont’s most prestigious variety.

In fact, Nebbiolo is named exactly for the arrival of this pre-harvest fog (called “nebbia” in Italian), which prolongs cluster hang time and allows full phenolic balance and ripeness. Harvest of Nebbiolo is last among Piedmont's wine varieties, occurring sometime in October. This grape is responsible for the exalted Piedmont wines of Barbaresco and Barolo, known for their ageability, firm tannins and hallmark aromas of tar and roses. Nebbiolo wines, despite their pale hue, pack a pleasing punch of flavor and structure; the best examples can require about a decade’s wait before they become approachable. Barbaresco tends to be more elegant in style while Barolo is more powerful. Across the Tanaro River, the Roero region, and farther north, the regions of Gattinara and Ghemme, also produce excellent quality Nebbiolo.

Easy-going Barbera is the most planted grape in Piedmont, beloved for its trademark high acidity, low tannin and juicy red fruit. Dolcetto, Piedmont’s other important red grape, is usually ready within a couple of years of release.

White wines, while less ubiquitous here, should not be missed. Key Piedmont wine varieties include Arneis, Cortese, Timorasso, Erbaluce and the sweet, charming Muscat, responsible for the brilliantly recognizable, Moscato d'Asti.

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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While it tends to flourish in most environments, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. California produces both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines. Somm Secret—The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy Chablis.

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