Williams Selyem Rochioli Riverblock Vineyard Pinot Noir 2006
Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.4%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Aromas of blackberries, red plums, mineral and cherry cola dominate in the nose. Concentrated flavors of berries and cola accentuate the ripe, rich tannins in the mouth. Concentrated fruit and toasty-oak vanilla flavors complement the long, lingering finish in your mouth. Always a favorite of mine, the 2006 has a sexier personality than some past vintages.
"Dark red. Sexy, room-filling scents evoke raspberry, cherry preserves, blackberry, Asian spices and fresh flowers. Energetic red berry flavors stain the palate and are enlivened by tangy minerals. Strikingly fresh and focused wine with admirable finesse and finishing cut. One of the more lively pinots I tasted on my trip."
International Wine Cellar
"Displaying a similar style to the 2005, the elegant 2006 Pinot Noir Rochioli Riverblock Vineyard possesses the same gravelly character along with more raspberry and red cherry notes. It is well-made and medium-bodied with tart acidity and an attractive finish.
The Wine Advocate
"With a pronounced bent to ripeness that separates it from its siblings, this broad, somewhat viscous and positively mouthfilling wine smacks of cherries and black soils with flashes of chocolate showing here and there. While fairly full-bodied, it is very well-balanced, and its considerable richness comes with nary a hint of heaviness, and its persistent finish is unstinting in fruit. It will find its best place as a partner to richer dishes, and it should shine with the likes of well-seasoned pork roasts or a classic rack of lamb."
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Williams Selyem Winery began as a simple dream of two friends, Ed Selyem and Burt Williams, who pursued weekend winemaking as a hobby in 1979 in a garage in Forestville, California, and made their first commercial vintage in 1981. In less than two decades, Burt and Ed created a cult-status winery of international acclaim. Together they set a new standard for Pinot Noir winemaking...
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