Williams Selyem Rochioli Riverblock Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011

Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California

$129.00
Item No. 127149
  • red wine
  • collectible wine
  • W&S94
  • ST93
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 13.8%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
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%.
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 1998
  • WS88
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Winemaker's Notes

The aromas of ripe wild blackberries, Santa Rosa plums, wild anise and black truffles fill your glass. Engaging and concentrated flavors of dark berries, earth, black cherries and toasty, sweet oak emphasize the mature, lush tannins that coat your palate. Always one of my personal favorites because of the long, mouthwatering finish that entices you to take another sip. The maturity of this vineyard comes through more and more with each vintage.

Critical Acclaim

"This Riverside parcel was first planted in 1989 to Joe Rochioli's own heritage pinot noir selection, supplemented in 2000 with two Dijon clones. Wine maker Bob Cabral's 2011 is aromatically striking, ranging from floral lavender notes to a stem inflected cumin scent. There's a clarity at the center of the wine, the site's concentration changing focus from fruit depth to long-lasting savory and floral elements: it starts with fruit driven intensity (dark cherry and red currant), ending on an ethereal, aromatic lift - a long tail. Kaleidoscopic. Wit ha few more years of age, this would be a perfect match for grilled salmon. "
94 Points

"Ruby-red. Highly perfumed, seductive bouquet of black raspberry, cherry-cola, star anise and potpourri. Intense red and dark berry flavors are sweetened by vanilla and cola qualities, with fine-grained tannins and bright acidity adding lift. The spicy element returns on the long, focused, floral finish."
93 Points

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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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Learn About Sonoma County

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...

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Learn About Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir(PEE-noh nwahr) Pinot Noir is a finicky grape. It only grows in the right climate, with the right soils and the right care. Perhaps because it is so difficult is why it is so loved. Pinot Noir hails from Burgundy, a region known for crafting the most collectible and sought-after wines from this varietal. Not only does Pinot reign in Burgundy, it is also...

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