Williams Selyem Rochioli Riverblock Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010
Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California
A classic Rochioli Riverblock and a great example of a Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. Floral aromas of violets and rose combine with blackberry, rhubarb, wild fennel and herbs to create the essence of forest floor which is a hallmark of this vineyard. A very rich texture and mouthfeel is brought through the concentrated flavors of blackberries, dark cherry, cranberry, wild herbs, cola and mineral notes. A Subtle toast of oak, cedar and plush tannins reinforce lingering raspberry, strawberry, licorice and dark chocolate flavors with satiny tannins that give this wine an incredibly long finish that is typical from Riverblock. A wine with a long life ahead of it.
International Wine Cellar - "Ruby-red. Sexy, high-pitched aromas of red berry liqueur, five-spice powder and potpourri, with subtle licorice and vanilla nuances adding complexity. Juicy and penetrating, offering intense raspberry and strawberry flavors that gain weight and spiciness with air. Combines power and energy smoothly and finishes with outstanding clarity and clinging florality."
Williams Selyem Winery
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 in the United States, aligning Sonoma County's Russian River Valley in the firmament of the best winegrowing regions of the world. Today John and Kathe Dyson, who purchased the winery from Burt and Ed in 1998, carry on the passion for Pinot Noir winemaking without compromise. As for the wines... they just keep getting better and better. View all Williams Selyem Winery Wines
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Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the Joneses, or Napa-ites if you will. Grape varieties are more varied here, from Pinot Noir and Zinfandel to Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.
Notable FactsThe largest sub-AVAs of Sonoma include Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley and Sonoma Valley. Each sub-AVA, with its own micro-climate, is unique in its grape varieties and styles of wine. Dry Creek makes a mean Zinfandel while Russian River produces stand up Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Alexander Valley makes some of the better Cabernet Sauvignons in the county and Sonoma Valley creates excellent wines from all the above varieties. Other grapes found throughout Sonoma include Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Syrah.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
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Light & Fruity
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Smooth & Supple
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Earthy & Spicy
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